About Being Normal: My Life in Abnormal Circumstances


Desmond Fennell has been a major force in the intellectual life of this country for at least the past five decades. In this fascinating and revealing autobiography he traces the progress of his life from his earliest memories as a child in Belfast to the first intellectual awakenings as student in UCD and Bonn and then to a career that brought him to live and work in Spain, Germany, Sweden the USA and Italy—as well as more than a decade in Conamara where he was active in a revolution that reshaped the Irish language movement. The author of many books on Irish and international affairs, he has earned a reputation as a courageous and at times controversial commentator, and his journalism in the early 1970s helped to bring about a rethinking of the Nationalist approach to Northern Ireland, thus providing a philosophical basis for the peace process of the 1990. This book also reveals him to be an intellectual very much in the European tradition as a speaker of six languages with a wide range of cultural and philosophical interests and a deep knowledge of literature

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