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Irish Hunger: Exploring the Legacy of the Potato Famine

Irish Hunger: Exploring the Legacy of the Potato Famine

by Tom Hayden
     
 

Renowned Irish and Irish-American contributors—actors, activists, poets, journalists, politicians, and historians—offer moving commentaries and modern perspectives on the events and aftermath of the 19th century Irish famine, an historical event of such tragic proportions that it continues to shape the Irish psyche on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Renowned Irish and Irish-American contributors—actors, activists, poets, journalists, politicians, and historians—offer moving commentaries and modern perspectives on the events and aftermath of the 19th century Irish famine, an historical event of such tragic proportions that it continues to shape the Irish psyche on both sides of the Atlantic.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
As with any great story, the elements that are repeated in the retelling, those pieces that are burnished by each new teller, lead to the deepest truth in history, in fiction, in everyday life....The best of these essays share the quality of being written by wakers from a dream.
— Susan Salter Reynolds
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of "Black '47," the worst year of the Irish potato famine, California state senator Hayden here collects pieces by 29 Irish and Irish American writers about the disaster and what it means to the Irish today. David Lloyd remarks on Sinad O'Connor's song "Famine," and on the "keening" that takes place in it and how these banshee famine shrieks follow the Irish to this day. Jimmy Breslin examines the fungi that brought the famine and sees it transplanted to the U.S. in the form of bigotry. New York Observer columnist Terry Golway comments on the conservative politics of the modern American Irish and tells how hunger striker Bobby Sands saved him from the fate of becoming a "Reagan Democrat." Irish actor Gabriel Byrne takes us on a "famine walk" and reminds us that "the past is always with us." James S. Donnelly Jr. looks at "revisionist" history and tries to find a middle ground between holocaust and indifference. Michael Collins biographer Tim Pat Coogan ponders British duplicity and brings it into the Northern Ireland political perspective of today. Irish-American Peggy O'Brian transports us to the other side, as she emigrates back to Ireland from Massachusetts. There are also poems by Eavan Boland and Seamus Heaney. This perspective looks at the historical, social and political facets of the famine, and allows us to reflect on how it happened and how it continues to haunt the Irish to this day. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568332000
Publisher:
Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.88(d)

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Gabriel Byrne
Remarkable. A comprehensive, invaluable contribution to the Famine story by some of Ireland's best-known writers and scholars. Infused with a contemporary resonance. Mr. Hayden's selfless and estimable book deserves the widest possible audience.

Meet the Author

Tom Hayden, known and respected for his radical political activities during the 1960s, is of Irish descent. Now a California state senator, he lives in Los Angeles and visits Ireland frequently.

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