First Irish Winner of IMPAC Award

Colm Tóibín

By Michelle Harty Contributor
August / September 2006

Colm Tóibín on June 13 became the first Irish author to be awarded the interna- tional IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel The Master. The award is the largest of its kind, with a prize of $125,000. A four- judge panel from Britain, Canada, Ireland, and Italy chose between 132 novels from 43 coun- tries and in translation from 15 non-English languages. The Master is a fictional portrayal of the life of author Henry James, a man born in 19th-century America who traveled Europe in pursuit of love and art. James is successful in only the latter, and the story that unfolds is a heart-wrenching tale of loneliness and long- ing. Tóibín grew up in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, the fourth of five children in a fam- ily of readers and writers. His father, Michael, taught at St. Peter’s, the Christian Brothers school in Wexford town for 30 years, and his older sister Bairbre wrote The Rising, a novel about the 1798 rebellion on nearby Vinegar Hill. ♦

Leave a Reply




Share



More Articles

President Obama Statue of Presidents

℘℘℘ Visitors to historic downtown Rapid City, South Dakota, are greeted by a series of life-size...

More

News from Ireland:
October / November 2019

The latest goings on. ℘℘℘ Ireland is particularly exposed to economic turbulence from a no-deal...

More

Ireland Looks to Finances in 2025

Ireland’s Minister of State for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy, was in New York City on July 28...

More

McAllister Can Stay for Now!

At the request of many prominent politicians, including senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsay Graham, Acting Department...

More