What is a totalitarianism mindset?

“This darkly comic novel, set in the seventies, takes place in a “hair-trigger society” of bomb scares, hijackings, murals – but nothing must be named, not the city of Belfast, not the IRA, not even the narrator. The jokes, like the plot, come out viciously askew.’
Daily Telegraph, Summer Reads.

I heard this week that Lyra Mc Kee, the young journalist recently murdered in Northern Ireland was a friend of Anna Burns. Anna was The Man Booker Prize Winner in 2018. Her novel Milkman is set in an unnamed city – a totalitarian ghetto where to be interesting and noticed is dangerous.

I’m recommending this novel to you first and foremost because I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s in and around Belfast and it resonated so strongly with me. Secondly, I admire Burns for finding an insightful approach to such a hard subject. It’s a wholly original take on Ireland in the time of The Troubles and through the mind of a young girl. It’s frightening, hilarious, creative and joyous all at the same time. And thirdly because it expertly peels back the skin of insidious sectarianism and totalitarianism with a refreshing honesty. It is a story of Belfast and its particular sins during the Troubles but it is also a story of anywhere.

Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

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