Anne Harris: Sally Rooney, where are you?

The author is as much rabbi for alienated youth in Tel Aviv as she is in Terenure

Sally Rooney: It is when she takes an action such as refusing the Hebrew translation of her book Beautiful World, Where Are You? that  the moral responsibility of being the voice of a generation kicks in. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sally Rooney: It is when she takes an action such as refusing the Hebrew translation of her book Beautiful World, Where Are You? that the moral responsibility of being the voice of a generation kicks in. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Trinity College, with its humanist heritage, flits like a zephyr through the work of many an eminent Irish novelist. James Joyce and Sally Rooney have that in common.

A century separates Ulysses and Normal People, but more than the chasm of time is the matter of Israel and the Jews. It is as great as the parting of the Red Sea.

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