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Michael Harding lives on the border between Co Roscommon and Co Leitrim, having bought the land 25 years ago. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We’re in Arigna in Co Roscommon but “everything you can see”, Michael Harding tells me, is Co Leitrim. We’re in Harding’s garden looking down from a h(...)

Yuri Herrera

In his seminal non-fiction novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote chronicled the murder of four members of a family in a small-town Kansas farming co(...)

 Former prisoners attend a wreath-laying ceremony in front of the Death Wall during ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi  concentration  camp on Monday. Photograph: Andrzej Grygiel/EPA

Exactly 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, 100 elderly survivors gather one last time here on Monday: to remember the dead of the fo(...)

Auschwitz: the infamous German inscription that reads Work Makes Free at the main gate of the Auschwitz I extermination camp, in Poland. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

THE NAZI DEATH CAMP WAS LIBERATED 75 YEARS AGO ON MONDAY. TODAY IT IS A TOURIST DESTINATION WITH ITS OWN JAUNTY LITERARY SUBGENRE. A FEELGOOD (...)

John Boyne: ‘All I ever wanted was that kids would be moved enough by the story that they would develop the same interest in this period of history as I had.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Last week, the author John Boyne pointed out what he saw as a troubling trend in publishing. “I can’t help but feel that by constantly using the same (...)

Nazi Criminal Adolph Eichmann in his cell in Galami Prison, near Haifa, waiting for his trial to open. Photograph: Gpo/Getty Images

“When [the van] is in operation, the load, in its effort to reach the rear door, places itself for the most part at the rear. For this reason the fron(...)

Detail form Gorta, 1946, by Lilian Lucy Davidson (1879-1954). Oil on canvas. 69.85x90.17cm. Copyright Estate of Lilian Lucy Davidson. Photograph: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum/Quinnipiac Iniversity

The statistics are well known: by 1841, the population of Ireland was more than eight million. More than one million died during the Great Hunger(...)

Mary Lynn Bracht: the author based White Chrysanthemum on stories from her mother and her community of expat friends who came of age in postwar South Korea

Jeju Island, Korea, 1943. Sixteen-year-old Hana has lived her entire life under Japanese occupation, schooled through a foreign tongue that denies her(...)

Anuk Arudpragasam: his unadorned and measured prose in The Story of a Brief Marriage serves his story well

‘Didn’t dying in the end mean being separated from other humans, after all, from the sea of human gaits, gestures, noises and gazes in which for so ma(...)

From left, Apartments Aleppo (2016); and Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up (2016), both by Brian Maguire; and The Aquarius Monument by Alex de Roeck from Small . . . Far Away. Maguire images courtesy the artist and Kerlin Gallery

Over Our Heads the Hollow Seas Closed Up – Brian Maguire Kerlin Gallery, Dublin ★★★★ With a practice rooted in expressionist painting, Brian Magui(...)

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