In August, as the European refugee crisis intensified, Eoin Butler climbed into the cab of a heavy-goods vehicle bound for the Continent. On the ferry crossing from Dublin, on the motorways of Wales and England, on the train through the Channel Tunnel, and in a truck stop in Calais, Irish lorry drivers – who are responsible for transporting about 90% of the goods that enter Ireland – told him about their embattled sense of their place in the world. And in Calais, Butler observed the proximity of the truckers’ world and the migrants’. In the autumn Dublin Review, Butler writes brilliantly about an industry we all rely on but rarely contemplate, against a backdrop of human desperation and chaos.
Also in the new issue: Andrew Fox’s magnificent long story ‘Good Money’; David Ralph writes about the parts of New Orleans where present simple trumps past tragic; J.A. Gibson’s brilliant first published story is about art, imposture and seduction; Philip Huff meditates upon dreams and disappointment in a Westmeath farmhouse; plus short stories by Jim O’Donoghue and Mary O’Donoghue.