An interview with John McGahern
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This chapter presents an interview of John McGahern by the author in the Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street, Dublin, on 12 October 2004. The interview pre-dates the publication of Memoir and Creatures of the Earth, as well as the instigation of a collected edition of his occasional non-fictional prose. The interview brings together many of the topics such as: McGahern's literary influences, his style, critical writing, his views on painting, on ritual, Dublin circles of the 1960s and the process of 'getting the words right'. McGahern think that the novel is the most social of all the art forms, and is the most dependent on a system of manners. The system of manners is intricately linked to style. Style is the expression of personality, which is a mysterious thing.

John McGahern

Authority and vision

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