Dublin Review 69

‘As he stepped forward to take my bags, he lowered his eyes and avoided touching my hand. I found this faintly comical, but not surprising: he had warned me that in Pakistan, until the marriage papers were signed, contact between us would have to be minimal.’

In the winter issue of the Dublin ReviewJane Lavelle writes about a trip to Karachi to marry her Pakistani fiancé, Amir. She spends time with the women of Amir’s family, experiences the unfamiliar rituals of a Pakistani wedding, and observes an intensely foreign place and culture that have become an integral part of her life. Meanwhile, she is keeping a weighty secret … ‘Wedding Pictures’ is a magnificent evocation of place and experience by a remarkably gifted new essayist.

Also in the winter Dublin Review, Eoin Butler writes about his Sisyphean, badly paid summer job – splitting and walling peat in Co. Sligo – and about the mysterious bog-dwellers he met there. Deirdre Sullivan‘s story ‘The Mother’ imagines a bizarre reproductive scenario in a setting that feels remarkably like present-day Ireland. David Ralph recounts a visit to Cambodia, where a brave and brilliant journalist showed him things – including the murdered body of a political activist – that he’d never otherwise have seen. Plus, fiction by Catherine Finn, Louise Hegarty, Kathleen Murray, Michael Phoenix, David Sergeant and Cathy Sweeney.