Heinrich Boll

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People pay their respects in front of dozens of coffins containing remains of more than 600 victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. File photograph: Themistocles Hakizimana/Reuters

Between 2001 and 2015, sales of translated fiction grew by 96 per cent. One reason, argues Daniel Hahn, who last year established a prize for first tr(...)

How remiss of me. And I thank esteemed colleague Frank McNally (I bow three times facing Monaghan!) for reminding me in an Irishman’s Diary last month(...)

“Tale of the Tongs”, from Spirit of Place, in Inisturk.   Photograph: spiritofplace-design.com

I’m out on the headland at Kilcummin, in north Co Mayo, looking for art. It’s a bright, cold winter’s day, and signage has guided me through the tiny (...)

An Béal Bocht debut:  TG4, on Christmas Day

One of the most famous passages from Heinrich Böll’s Irisches Tagebuch (Irish Journal), mentioned here yesterday in connection with the writer’s cente(...)

Heinrich Böll: Best remembered in Ireland for his Irish Journal. Photograph: Gordon Standing / THE IRISH TIMES

Today, in one of those accidental Christmas traditions, a group of people who would otherwise be strangers will meet once again in Dublin’s Mount Jero(...)

“The rain here is absolute, magnificent, and frightening,” said Heinrich Böll. Above, 2014 flooding in Cork. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty caused commotion during the week with her contention that the public services card is “mandatory but not(...)

 Heinrich Böll: 60th anniversary of his influential ‘Irisches Tagebuch’, and the 50th of its translation into English, as ‘Irish Journal’

I don’t know if the late TK Whitaker and (the even later) Heinrich Böll ever crossed paths during their very different lives. But if they’ve met anywh(...)

Swastika Laundry van in Dublin: possibly not the one that nearly killed Heinrich Böll

In James Joyce’s short story, Clay, the central character Maria works for a laundry called Dublin by Lamplight, a job she has grown to enjoy, despite (...)

Clockwise from top left, Alex Barclay, Marty Whelan, Louise Phillips and Kevin Barry

  Alex Barclay My livingroom bookshelves are my favourite part of the house. They arrived as big, filthy, spider-covered pieces of oak(...)

The children packed a rucksack with food, a torch, an alarm clock and a book to help them on the long journey.

Two German children, a girl aged eight and a six year-old boy, are back at home after their plan to run away to Ireland ended after four hours.The chi(...)

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