Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Ireland in 2016

Childish loves by Benjamin Markovits

The Rule of War tracks the near future as four young women, gifted and ambitious, compete for self-fulfilment and fame. A satire on the pretensions of high culture, the novel's characters are drawn from an artistic community no less venal and grasping than the bankers and spectators they despise. The novel looks forward to an Ireland of 2016 when a renewed demand for national identity fights a dirty war with social unrest and hysterical anxiety.

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