Dublin Review 63

While studying for a Master’s in psychoanalysis, and undergoing analysis himself, Rob Doyle developed a fascination with the French novelist and philosopher Georges Bataille, who advocated a return to the sacred via extreme sex and violence. Last summer, while living in Paris, Doyle visited the places where Bataille lived and worked, and then lit out for the pretty Burgundian hill town of Vézelay, a quiet site of Catholic pilgrimage where Bataille lived for a time and chose to be buried. His essay ‘To the Point of Death’ traces a fascination that had just about exhausted itself by the time he reached Bataille’s stone in the country graveyard, but that took on new relevance after a brush with death back in Paris.

Also in the summer Dublin ReviewSally Rooney’s brilliant long story ‘Concord 34’; Sally Finn-Kelcey writes about an encounter with a shepherd leading his flock on the transhumance in the Alpes-Maritimes; and short stories by Neil Burkey, Darragh McCauslandMichael Phoenix and Eimear Ryan.