Max McGuinness teaches French at Columbia University.

The Deflowered Revolutionary

Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s new novel, The Dream of the Celt, tells the story of Roger Casement—Irish diplomat, humanitarian, sexual predator—and his shocking fall—and why he deserves to be remembered.

Was It That Way? 

In his compelling new book about the Soviet Union, Francis Spufford blends fiction and history. Max McGuinness questions why historians have overlooked the historical imagination.

Alternative Irish Classics

Have you read Finnegan’s Wake? Well, then, you’re ready for these unjustly overlooked Irish writers. Max McGuinness on the greatest alternative Irish writers.