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Oisin Curran

Curran is the author of Mopus: A Novel.

FICTION: Accidents Will Happen

Character names are often the most repeated words in fiction, so authors tend to freight them with allegorical meaning as a matter of efficiency. Christian labors toward the Celestial City in A Pilgrim’s Progress; Moby Dick’s Ishmael travels the ocean much like his biblical namesake wandered Levantine deserts; Beckett’s Watt is perplexed, his Krapp is retentive.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2020

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