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Winter 2004-5

John Banville  The poor old horse

Michel Houellebecq, the noisy dictator of silence [review-essay]

Anne Enright  The bad sex weekend

A boy, a bed, and ‘a lot of stuff that wasn’t sex’ [fiction]

Eugene McCabe  The man who wasn’t there

A retired nurse moves in with her aged father, and is forced to confront his secrets [fiction]

Mary O’Donoghue  Plumanna

An unemployed waitress, forty-three and pregnant, moves in with her bachelor brother [fiction]

Denis Sampson  A nun’s grave

Amidst the bewilderments of the new Dublin and the disgraced Church, the author reflects on the life and death of his aunt, a Mercy nun [essay]

Colm Tóibín  The infant father

The writings of John Butler Yeats [essay]

Maurice Walsh  Good works for the locals

In Chad, the oil and the damage done [reportage]

Steve Yarbrough  Reverting to redneck

In Poland, the author gets robbed, overreacts – and feels a stabbing pain on a dark street [essay]

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