Friday September 18, 2020

Madden's timely novel is an artistic odyssey

Time Present And Time Past by Deirdre Madden. Faber & Faber, €16.35. Reviewed by Sara Keating.

6th July, 2013
Deirdre Madden's new novel is a meditation on mortality, set in boom-time Ireland. Photo: Jason Clarke


Deirdre Madden is a rare kind of Irish writer, one who has received less acclaim from her home country than she has from abroad. Twice shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in Britain, she has barely any public profile in Ireland, despite the Irish setting of her novels.

Madden's books are unapologetically literary, often using other art forms as a means of opening up philosophical debates. In Time Present And Time Past, photography allows...

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