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The Irish Troubles Explained: Timeline, Summary, Facts, Documentary Book (1993)
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My earliest understanding of the Troubles in literature was that it was not a subject for literature. I have a vivid memory of walking the length of our street — a terrace of former houses converted into shops on the ground floor — balancing on the edge of the kerb. When it was rebuilt after the bomb the street was pedestrianised. No more kerbs. That street of my childhood would have appeared, I imagine, much like Duke Street in Other students commented on its reliability, or its usefulness to the historian; I was picturing the Bogside.
Were we finally far enough away from the events of to start fictionalising them? My father grew up in the Ardoyne, the primarily Catholic area of north Belfast that was the epicentre of the strife. His father had been a member of the IRA, and although my dad left Belfast just as the Troubles were beginning, most of his family stayed, and throughout my youth the war in Ireland, as my father called it, dominated family discussions, especially when one of his brothers came from Belfast to stay with us. It was the stories they told, and the way they told them, that first got me interested in writing about those times. My father and his brothers were semi-literate, but they had such faith in language. Tellings of their times in Ireland were entirely questionable, and inevitably self-mythologising, yet there was something true in the way they owned their stories, relayed them in their own language — a polyglot of jokes, songs, random diversions, verbal sleight of hand, straight-up misinformation and pure folk poetry — that made me think of the art of storytelling as performative. And I began to think of Belfast, and how often it had been rebuilt, as a wild place, an autonomous zone — like cold war-era Berlin, or s Airdrie, where I set my first book, This Is Memorial Device — and I wrote about it as if events there play out in their own time, which, for me, is the time in which all of the best Irish literature is fixed: eternity.
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