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Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923

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  • Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 
    Title: Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923
    Author: FOSTER R F
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 19/11/2014
    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    Price: $45.00
    Publishing status: Active

    'I was the last to say good-bye to him and he said, just said: 'We never thought that it would end like this, that this would be the end.''

    This is Min Ryan's recollection of the final minutes of her close friend Sean MacDermott's life, before he was executed for his part in the Easter 1916 rising in Dublin. The rising came as the climax of an era when a generation of young Irish people was galvanized by a sense or radical transformation: as one of them confided to his diary, 'I am changing and things around me change.'

    Vivid Faces surveys the lives and beliefs of the people who made the Irish revolution: linked together by youth, radicalism, subversive activities, enthusiasm and love. Determined to reconstruct the world and defining themselves against their parents, they were in several senses a revolutionary generation.

    The Ireland that eventually emerged bore little relation to the brave new world they had conjured up in student societies, agit-prop theatre groups, vegetarian restaurants, feminist collectives, volunteer militias, Irish-language summer schools and radical newspaper offices. Roy Foster's book investigates that world, and the extraordinary people who occupied it.

    Looking back from old age, one of the most magnetic members of the revolutionary generation reflected that 'the phoenix of our youth has fluttered to earth a miserable old hen', but he also wondered 'how many people nowadays get so much fun as we did'. Working from a rich trawl of contemporary diaries, letters and reflections, Vivid Faces re-creates the argumentative, exciting, subversive and original lives of people who made a revolution, as well as the disillusionment in which it ended.

    ISBN: 9781846144639
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