The Pontine Marshes, south of Rome, have long preoccupied Italians. Before his murder Emperor Nero had contemplated the clearing of this diseased swam(...)

Former winner Colum McCann has had his book Transatlantic submitted for consideration. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The 20th International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist announced on Monday includes two former winners. The award that has achieved so much in al(...)