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The Great Shame - A story of the Irish in the Old World and the New IN THE 19th century the Irish population was halved This text traces the three causes of this depletion firstly the famine secondly the Irish diaspora and the emigrations to places such as America and Canada and thirdly the transportations of political activists to Australia Good evening viewers Welcome to our Midday Show We have with us Thomas Keneally who is the author of The Great Shame which has won much international acclaim Mr Keneally has experienced an unusual life With your experiences as a prominent citizen we wish to discuss with you your attitude to Ireland and the Irish Diaspora I welcome you to our program Please make Mr Keneally feel welcome Youre known primarily as a novelist Is this work of history your first non-fiction book How do you think it ties in with your other work In a very real way Schindlers List is non-fiction in that there is nothing made up or fictive in that work The survivors said that if anything in the book was wrong that would be used to discredit their experience and I had to be certain that that wouldnt happen Schindlers List is thus kind of a non-fiction novel one which takes on its prose the texture and intensity of a novel The Great Shame is more clearly non-fiction but it tries to take on some of the human intimacy and intensity of a novel as well I had written an earlier book about a journey in Ireland and that was very good training for this more massive exercise In my fiction I favour the sort of material that is represented in The Great Shame Like most novelists I am fascinated by the struggles of people on the margin--whether they may be the Eritreans of East Africa the subject of To Asmara Australian
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