Monday 19 March 2018

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

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.

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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