The Irish Famine, by Toibin, Colm
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- ISBN: 9781861974600 | 1861974604
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 3/30/2005
Colm Toibin'sThe Irish Famineis a superbly pithy account of the controversies surrounding the failure of Ireland's potato crop from 1845-1848. Moving freely between historical sources and personal reflection, Toibin asks why existing accounts of the famine focus on statistics and government policies instead of considering the experiences of those who died, were bereaved, or emigrated during the calamity. In arguing for a more informed analysis of the crisis, he raises vital questions about the writing of history. How can we tell an "official" story without losing sight of more intimate, intensely personal tragedies? How can we write about an event which was marked by the complete erasure of its victims?