Sunday March 29, 2020

Back to the very beginning

Pat Barker tells Anna Carey how her latest novel – a reimagining of Homer’s epic from the point of view of Trojan women stolen by the Greeks – was inspired by a line from Philip Roth, and why she feels psychoanalysis would ruin her writing

2nd September, 2018
Pat Barker: ‘Leave my neuroses alone. They’re paying the rent!’ Pic: Getty

‘For a novelist,” says Pat Barker, “war strips away the inessentials in a very stark way. It imposes dramatic change on people in a very short time. It puts in front of them decisions that have to be taken. And historically, of course, these questions are posed to men. But women’s lives too are changed and overturned by war. If you believe, as I do, that the whole point of fiction is to extend empathy...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

On International Women’s Day, Dr Caroline West tackles a strangely taboo subject – periods – and looks at why less secrecy and shame, and more chat and education, are better for everybody

Caroline West | 3 weeks ago

Poor Sad Childless Jen is over. All hail Hot Happy Childfree Jen, in possession of a brand-new Sag award and the undying love of her famous ex

Emer McLysaght | 2 months ago

When Peter McGovern heard the CCJ being described as a colosseum, he knew he had succeeded

Rosanna Cooney | 2 months ago