Ambitious Dublin novel offers much to enjoy

Caustic and grim portrait of city

28th February, 2016
Alternates first-person account of Rising and modern-day life in Ireland

In November 2010 – just as the troika was rolling into Dublin – a certain well-known Irish newspaper published an editorial asking “whether this is what the men of 1916 died for: a bailout from the German chancellor with a few shillings of sympathy from the British chancellor on the side?”. This plaintive note is struck again in Kevin Curran’s second novel, following Beatsploitation (2013). In Citizens, romantic Ireland is still definitively dead and gone....

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