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My experience with Irish writers has often been a sense of eavesdropping on someone’s personal conversation. I can’t explain why I feel this way. I just feel a certain raw nerve in what I’ve read.
In any case, I found eavesdropping on this conversation with Anne Enright enlightening. The world view is different from what most of my US-centric writing friends exhibit.

Anne Enright: How the world reads Irish writers
http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/anne-enright-how-the-world-reads-irish-writers-1.2085668

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