Primo Levi

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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(...)

Eliezer (Elie) Wiesel:  September 30th, 1928-July 2nd, 2016. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo

With the death of the writer and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel at 87, the last of the three unforgettable voices of the tragedy of the Jewish people duri(...)

Shigemoto Yasuhiko. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton Hibbert

Shigemoto Yasuhiko is recalling the day he first saw the incinerated city of Hiroshima as a 15-year-old boy. “I had escaped the blast and I came to (...)

The Four Books, by Yan Lianke
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  • July 18, 2015, 01:00

A rightly lauded masterpiece – it won the Franz Kafka Prize in 2014 – The Four Books, by Yan Lianke, interrogates power and the amnesia it imposes on (...)

‘Most journalism students I have met over the years aren’t particularly interested in the listicles or churnalism that typifies the low-paid long-hours culture of what the work has become for young journalists.’ Above, Eddie Holt. Photograph: Alan Betson

When the first-year journalism BA class at DCU bounded into the Henry Grattan building on the grim-looking campus in the autumn of 2001, journalism wa(...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)

Primo Levi: “My Jewish identity took on a great importance following my deportation to Auschwitz. It is very likely that without Auschwitz I would never have written, and would have given only a little weight to my Jewish identity.”  He wrote in order to tell the world what happened. In time he would come to resent the literary world that regarded him not as an artist, only as witness. Photograph: Getty Images

It is an image not easily forgotten; a frail, elderly man sitting in a deep armchair. Strong sunlight fills the room. He holds up his arms as if to(...)

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