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Colm Tóibín and Rawi Hage talk to Stephanie Merritt
Hay Festival 2009,
Tóibín’s Brooklyn is a beautifully rendered story of an Irish woman venturing migration to the New World in the 50s. Lebanese novelist Hage takes his protagonist from his childhood in a war-torn Arab country, to his current life in the smoky émigré cafes of his new city in Cockroach.