Colm Toibin On The Anger Of Exile

05/16/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In two recent novels, both written in English, two novelists from Lebanon now living in North America offer further dramatization of exile: they allow the drama to occur, as Mahon, Heaney, and Gordimer do, emphatically and deeply within the self and the senses, in the mysterious caverns of consciousness, as much as in the society abandoned or in the place of refuge or return. They offer a poetics of exile while keeping its politics sharply within their sights.

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