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By T. Ryle Dwyer

Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera have been the 2 so much charismatic leaders of the Irish revolution. This joint biography appears to be like first at their very diversified upbringings and early careers. either fought within the 1916 Easter emerging , even though it is nearly convinced they didn't meet in the course of that tumultuous week. Their first come across got here whilst Collins were published from detention center after the emerging yet de Valera used to be nonetheless inside of. Collins was once a kind of who desired to run a Sinn Féin candidate within the Longford by-election of 1917. De Valera and different leaders adverse this initiative however the Collins crew went forward besides and the candidate gained narrowly. The incident typified the connection among the 2 males: they have been significantly varied in temperament and magnificence. however it was once accurately of their changes and contradictions that their fascination lay. De Valera, the political pragmatist, was hoping to safe independence via political agitation, while the formidable Collins, together with his stressed temperament and boundless strength, used to be an impassioned patriot who believed in terror and assassination. T. Ryle Dwyer examines the years, 1917-22 during the twists and turns in their careers. In an epilogue, he considers the legacy of Collins on de Valera's political lifestyles.

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Kafka and Ernst Weiss on the beach at Marielyst, Denmark, in 1914. is illustrated with a picture of a man tied by his hands and feet to two poles which are being moved so as to tear him apart. If for Kafka the body is capable of redemption through healthy living, it is also the supreme site of punishment. Gregor’s transformation into an insect drastically expresses Kafka’s ambivalence towards his body and towards the body in general. His 50 transformation and his failure to notice it convey the degree to which Gregor is alienated from his own body.

The reality of passions needs Expressionist images of power and conflict. ’ when Georg rushes downstairs on his way to execute himself. But the religious element in the story is not expressed in any coherent way. A mode of writing that coherently relates earthly events to the timeless realities of 30 religion is called allegory. But Kafka does not write allegory. It would be impossible, for example, to read The Judgement as an allegory in which Georg stands for Jesus. Yet even if literature no longer has any coherent way of representing such realities, that does not mean that they no longer exist or no longer have any claim on our attention.

His obsession with his job reveals the self-estrangement imposed on him by its demands. ‘That boy thinks of nothing but his work,’ his mother assures the chief clerk of Gregor’s firm, who, exercising an implausibly but alarmingly thorough surveillance, has come to see why he wasn’t at the station. Even so, mind and body are linked by the language of the unconscious, which can involuntarily reveal the truth. Still lying in bed, Gregor reflects that one of his colleagues is ‘a mere creature [Kreatur] of the chief, spineless and stupid’.

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