Biting at the Grave: The Irish Hunger Strikes and the Politics of Despair

Padraig O'Malley, Author Beacon Press $22 (344p) ISBN 978-0-8070-0209-4
During 1981, 10 IRA prisoners died in hunger strikes as they sought status as political prisoners; among them was unseated Parliament member Bobby Sands, who assumed heroic dimensions at home and abroad. O'Malley ``assembles strands of elitism, nationalism and the peculiar sanction of the dead into a powerful and passionate chronicle of a people's yearning,'' said PW. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/28/1991
Release date: 10/01/1991
Hardcover - 330 pages - 978-0-8070-0208-7
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