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15 April 1982
Blind Understanding 
by Stanley Middleton.
Hutchinson, 159 pp., £7.50, March 1982, 0 09 146990 2
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Fifty Stories 
by Kay Boyle.
Penguin, 648 pp., £2.95, February 1982, 0 14 005922 9
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Unsolicited Gift 
by Jacqueline Simms.
Chatto, 151 pp., £6.95, March 1982, 0 7011 2616 7
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Nellie without Hugo 
by Janet Hobhouse.
Cape, 192 pp., £6.95, March 1982, 0 224 01969 4
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Levitation: Five Fictions 
by Cynthia Ozick.
Secker, 157 pp., £6.95, March 1982, 0 436 25482 4
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... others’ resources are presumably not unconnected to the heart-hardening, soul-shrinking experience of casual, collective slaughter. The war figures prominently in the collection of Fifty Stories by KayBoyle, most directly in the stories of wartime Occupied France, but also in the ominous atmosphere of pre-war Austria and in the desolate, poisonous recriminations and distrusts of post-war France ...

His Spittin’ Image

Colm Tóibín: John Stanislaus Joyce

22 February 2018
... of a set of straight lines and spirals, he remarked: ‘Jim has changed quite a bit since I have last seen him.’ The old dry wit had travelled with him. In Being Geniuses Together, written with KayBoyle, Robert McAlmon remembered a visit to Dublin in 1925: In Paris, Joyce had introduced me to Patrick Tuohy, a portrait painter [who] had done portraits of Joyce and of Joyce’s father, and he ...

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