Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mark Collins' "Stateless": My "Epona" Book Review

Here's my new book review, of Mark Collins' 2007 novel: "Mark Collins' 'Stateless': 'Eveline' Revised?". Fleeing Stalinist oppression after the defeat of the 1956 Hungarian rebellion, a few hundred refugees find themselves not in Austria but, on the impulsive offer and equally rapid acceptance of asylum elsewhere, in Ireland.

Thinking they will soon be able to emigrate to Britain, Canada, or the U.S., they begin to resent their stay at a converted soldiers' camp outside Limerick. The Irish government expected grateful Catholic workers happy to have fled Communist tyranny; their Irish neighbors wonder where jobs will come from as they themselves face emigration; the meddling Church and State functionaries along with the U.N. and union representatives appear only to worsen the Cold War standoff.

Read my review and find out more. Collins' novel, like all of the fiction from Irish-based Pillar Press, recalls the original "Ulysses" with a handsome Aegean blue with white type on its cover. (See "the author's website" for more details.) My review article's in the Hungarian-based "Epona: A Journal of Celtic Studies," based now at the University of Pannonia under Dr. Emilia Szaffner. The issue was delayed, but it's the 2008-2 issue, the fourth published and the second one last year= Epona 4 (2008-2): 1-3. Link to the, sorry, Union Jack in the top corner of the home page if you get the Magyar version of the electronic journal!

P.S. I also published a review earlier in the same journal: "Rooted in the Body, Hidden in the Ground: Searching Beyond the Celt," which examines John Waddell's "Foundation Myths" on the evolution of Irish archaeology alongside Stephen Oppenheimer's DNA-language study, "Origins of the British." See its published pdf.file: Epona 2(2007): 1-6. "Rooted in the Body".

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