Sunday 24 September 2017

Few evils are so huge as to be one-sided

Uncritical apologists for any cause run the risk of being exploited, writes Emer O'Kelly

A FIRST novel called Schopenhauer's Telescope won the Kerry Prize for fiction at Listowel Writers' Week in 2004. I remember because I was one of the judges. The book was, enthused my fellow judge John F Deane, faultless; and he was right. The competition was close and tough that year, but there was no doubt in either of our minds. Gerard Donovan was the winner of the Kerry Prize for Fiction. His novel was also long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

When I met Donovan I blinked: he was wearing combat boots and military fatigues. Was this little man some kind of militarist, a counterpoint to the searing dissection of the evils of war that he'd written about in his novel?

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