Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (1957)

Thursday, April 25, 6-8 p.m.

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$45.00(10% off for members)

Say Nothing begins with the abduction of a young Belfast widow and mother of ten, Jean McConville.  By examining the tangled web of this disappearance, Say Nothing gives us a history of the Troubles in the North in the past half century. Recurrent protagonists and events are the Price sisters, Stephen Rea, Brian Friel, Gerry Adams, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Boston tapes, ambushes, bombings, reprisals, internment, hunger strikes, sectarian assassinations, trauma, and “betraying sisters,” “exact and tribal, intimate revenge” (“Punishment,” Seamus Heaney). 

 

The author admits that “Memory is a slippery thing,” and Keefe has therefore done deep research into this tangled web. These 348 pages of “true story” read like a novel but are supported by 66 pages of endnotes.  When this genre of nonfiction reads like a gripping thriller, are facts being shaped to tell a sellable yarn? In this genre can real people be exploited as characters?  Does the narration have points of view and biases of the protagonists?  If there is only one source, can it be totally trusted? 

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland wrestles with what actually happened and casts a cold eye on a society at war with itself. Thursday, April 25, 6-8 p.m.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Hardcover) By Patrick Radden Keefe

Christopher Griffin studied literature at Trinity College and University College in Dublin and in US colleges. He taught humanities for 28 years at Strayer University and Irish literature at George Washington University for eight years. He has  taught classes on various topics at Politics and Prose for over 25 years and  will be teaching courses on Irish history and Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist and Ulysses in June 2019.  He was a study leader on 15 Smithsonian Journeys.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019