March 28, 2013 |
A Catholic group is speaking out against a new Broadway play by Irish novelist Colm Toibin that offers an alternative interpretation of the life of the Virgin Mary. "The Testament of Mary," starring Fiona Shaw, began preview performances this week at the Walter Kerr Theatre. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property published a lengthy statement on its website in which it called the play "blasphemous. " "The Irish writer gives free rein to his imagination when expressing his contempt for the Gospels, Christian tradition, and Mary Most Holy," the group wrote.
March 26, 2009 |
Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman will be among the authors featured at this spring's PEN World Voices Festival, the writers organization announced Wednesday. Now in its fifth year, the PEN festival will include readings, discussions and performances throughout New York City from April 27 to May 3, with participants expected from more than 40 countries. Other writers expected include Edwidge Danticat, Michael Ondaatje, Colm Toibin and David Grossman, while Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Parker Posey will perform at a "PEN Cabaret."
January 3, 2007 |
THE Irish writer Colm Toibin is one of those extraordinary artists whose work is a kind of dramatic dialogue between an icily observant intellect and a tender heart. Nearly as formidable a critic as he is a writer of fiction -- which is very formidable, indeed -- Toibin once mused that, in his country's literature, "there seemed to be no middle ground between work of pure genius and the ballad."
June 14, 2006 |
Colm Toibin won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel "The Master," becoming the first Irish writer to win the world's most valuable prize for a single work of fiction. Toibin was picked for the 100,000-euro ($126,000) award from a shortlist of 10, for his novel about writer Henry James. Published in 2004, the book also won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger for the best foreign novel published in France.
May 3, 2005 |
The story that unfolds in Irish writer Colm Toibin's haunting third novel begins in the late 1970s in Argentina, where the narrator, Richard Garay, a closeted gay man, lives with his widowed mother, a sadly disappointed English immigrant: "The generals were in power then, and nobody stayed out late ... nothing happened. Or, as we later learned, a great deal happened, but I never witnessed any of it. It was as though the famous disappearances we hear so much about now took place in a ghost city..
June 6, 2004 |
The biographer is bound by fact, but the historical novelist need only be plausible. His characters may bear the names of those who once actually lived, but he enjoys a liberty that the biographer does not. Even the most amply documented of lives contained moments in which important words went unsaid, scenes determined by a level, all-knowing stare or the way one pair of eyes avoided another.