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Máirín Mc Sweeney

Location: France & Switzerland


Máirín Mc Sweeney grew up in beautiful Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. With her family she moved to Dublin at age 14 and fell in love with the city which would become the subject of her début novel ‘How We Mortals Blame The Gods’. She has had many varied careers from running her own interior art design business, and working on humanitarian projects in Guatemala and South Africa, to more recently becoming a teacher of English Literature in Geneva, Switzerland. She earned an MA in Creative Writing in the University of Cape Town, South Africa. An avid traveller, she currently lives in France.


How We Mortals Blame The Gods

‘How We Mortals Blame The Gods’ is Máirín’s début novel, which follows the intricate twists and turns of two couples living on one day in Dublin, June 16th 2004. Inspired by her favourite book ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce, her prose is punchy, and modern with a nod to the great man himself.

Her novel is a shadowing of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ set 100 years to the day, June 16th 2004, after Joyces masterpiece. It contemporizes similar issue such as religion, gender equality, and identity in modern Ireland, and attempts to answer the question: ‘If the characters of Joyce’s Ulysses were alive in modern Dublin who might they be?’ A secondary aim of the novel is to bring readers to ‘Ulysses’ which is herfavourite book of all time and a constant inspiration for her writing.

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