Politics & Prose Live! - Colm Tóibín [Rewatch ▷]

Colm Tóibín - THE MAGICIAN

Join P&P Live! to discuss Colm Tóibín's new novel, The Magician, as part of our Irish Voices series.

This event took place on
Wednesday, September 8 • 8:00 PM

This event is presented in partnership with the Irish EmbassySolas Nua, and Georgetown Global Irish Studies

Rewatch the full discussion below | Runtime: 49 minutes


In a stunning marriage of research and imagination, Tóibín explores the heart and mind of a writer whose gift is unparalleled and whose life is driven by a need to belong and the anguish of illicit desire. The Magician is an intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Mann, his magnificent and complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived—the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile. This is a man and a family fiercely engaged by the world, profoundly flawed, and unforgettable. As People magazine said about The Master, “It’s a delicate, mysterious process, this act of creation, fraught with psychological tension, and Tóibín captures it beautifully.”

Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Related events