As author of many books on Irish and European matters and as a journalist, Desmond Fennell has been a major force in Irish intellectual life for the past six decades, earning a reputation as a courageous and at times controversial writer.
In this fascinating autobiography he traces the progress of his life from his memories as a child in Belfast and Dublin to his early intellectual development as a student in UCD and Bonn and then to a career that brought him to live and work in Spain, Germany, Sweden, the USA and Italy—as well as a decade in Conamara where he was active in a revolution that reshaped the Irish language movement. In the 1970s his writing helped to bring about a rethinking of the Nationalist approach to Northern Ireland, thus providing a philosophical basis for the peace process. In 1990, the National University of Ireland awarded him a doctorate in literature for his published work.
About Being Normal reveals Dr Fennell as a European writer and thinker with a profound knowledge of philosophy, literature and art. He fixes a critical gaze on a wide variety of topics: Irish Catholicism, neo-liberalism, the Dublin art scene in the 1960s, the special position of the Jews, James Joyce in Trieste, the poetry of Seamus Heaney, Dublin’s O’Connell Street, and the end of European civilisation, to name but a handful. But no matter what the subject, what is clear in each case is that there is here a thinker who is not prepared to leave any stone unturned, no matter how uncomfortable or unfavoured that may be, and whose ideas are expressed in the lucid prose of a master essayist.
The book will be launched by writer and film-maker Bob Quinn.
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