John Banville: Easter 1916
15 July 2015
Show More Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 by R.F. Foster.
Allen Lane, 433 pp., £10.99, May 2015, 978 0 241 95424 9Show More
“... least in the minds of its signatories, for five days before the rebellion was crushed. Yet as Roy Foster implies, the founding of a republic was not as clear-cut a goal for the precursors of the men of 1916, or even for the men, and women, of the War of Independence that broke out in 1919, as later nationalist piety would insist. It is startling to read, in ...”