Sunday September 20, 2020

Colum McCann: literary conflict

With his new novel Apeirogon on the shelves, the author seems unfazed by questions of cultural appropriation, but then a touch of controversy is surely preferable to being ignored

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

@nadineoregan
1st March, 2020

Colum McCann has always been chasing stories. At the age of 12, the Irish author used to jump on his bicycle and leave his home on Clonkeen Road in Deansgrange in Dublin, and venture to the local football matches where he’d get the results and phone in a one-paragraph report to the Irish Press. The pay was handsome for a 12-year-old – a tenner a pop in old money – and McCann could make it...

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