Interviews with Colum McCann

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Identity Theory: Colum interviewed by Robert Birnbaum

Robert Birnbaum: Is there really no Russian word for ‘privacy’? Colum McCann: No, there’s not. There is nothing that accurately reflects what we believe of as privacy. RB: That’s peculiar isn’t it? CM: There might be now. Certainly not in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Right now there might be a developing word for privacy. That’s a country, right…

WTC Provides Back Story For Colum McCann’s ‘Spin’

“What I was most interested in was not so much Philip Petit but the people who were on the ground, the people who walk the sort-of little tightrope of our ordinary everyday moments,” McCann says. The reactions of McCann’s main characters to the stunt range from gripping fear that the tight-rope walker will fall, to…

“McCann joins ranks of the great” (Irish Times)

For Colum McCann, the Dublin-born, New York-based writer whose ‘ Let the Great World Spin’ won the US National Book Award on Wednesday night, the prestigious accolade helped make up for Ireland’s defeat to France – just about, he tells FIONA McCANN