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Edna, the chameleon of a wild Irish fantasy

Fifty years into a productive career, and the author is still being misunderstood, writes Emer O'Kelly

Published 23/10/2011 | 05:00

It's been said that the secret of an eternally alluring woman is that all men can see their own desires mirrored in her eyes: reality is clouded, and she becomes a chameleon of perfection for every man's need and fantasy.

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You can't help feeling that it's an uncannily accurate description of Edna O'Brien as she approaches her 81st birthday next month; a chameleon, and not just of Theatre, Page 32

erotic fantasy but of society's vision of the artist -- the eternal, affirming, reflection of ourselves as we would like to be, rather than as we are.

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