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A priest in Ireland grapples with his collusion in clerical abuse in John Boyne’s new novel, A History of Loneliness, a study of the abuses of power within the Catholic Church and a savage portrait of small town society in 1970s Ireland. Joseph O’Connor calls it “brave, righteously angry, and stunning.” Join Boyne and Colm Toibin, author, most recently of the magnificent Nora Webster, for a conversation about the methods we use to make sense of our complicity in atrocity.
John Boyne is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a young adult novel that became an international bestseller and was made into an award-winning film. He is the recipient of two Irish Book Awards, the Bistro Book of the Year, and numerous international awards. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Colm Toibin is the author of seven novels, including the much and deservedly praised Nora Webster; The Blackwater Lightship;The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; and The Testament of Mary, as well as two story collections. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín splits his time between Dublin and New York.