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Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín (Enniscorthy, 1955) is a writer, journalist and Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University where he teaches Comparative Literature. He lived in Barcelona from 1975 to 1978, an experience which bore fruit with the books Homage to Barcelona (published in Catalan as Homenatge a Barcelona, Columna, 2003) and The South (published in Spanish as El sur, Emecé, 2003). His return to Ireland in 1978 marked the beginning of his journalistic career, which he was to combine with travel writing. He presently writes for The New York Review of Books and London Review of Books, among other publications. With work translated into thirty languages, Tóibín, who is considered to be one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures today, writes novels, essays and plays. Notable among his titles are Brooklyn (published in Catalan and Spanish by Ara Llibres, 2010 / Lumen, 2010), The Blackwater Lightship, (published in Spanish as El faro de Blackwater, Edhasa, 2002), New Ways to Kill Your Mother, (published in Spanish as Nuevas maneras de matar a tu madre, Lumen, 2013) and The Testament of Mary, (published in Catalan as El testament de Maria, Ara Llibres, 2014 and also in Spanish (El testamento de María), Lumen, 2014).

Update: 20 June 2014



Has participated in

Barcelona, from George Orwell to democracy

Lecture by Colm Tóibín