John McGahern 1934-2006

Via Copernicus at The Midnight Court. The accclaimed Irish writer John McGahern has died. The Irish Times report simply relates that he died suddenly today in Dublin’s Mater Hospital. As previously noted here, his second novel The Dark fell foul of the censor in 1960s Ireland, an experience he describes in this Observer extract from his auto-biographical Memoir, published last year. Still online is the RTÉ Rattlebag interview with John McGahern[RealPlayer audio] reading from Memoir and talking about his life and work. Update Via Sinéad RTÉ has additional tributes