Sean O’Faolain

A study of the life and work of Irish writer Sean O’Faolain

This paper examines the literary work of Irish author Sean O’Faolain and his use of the relationship between society and individual as subject matter. The paper provides a biography of Faolain’s life, detailing his outspoken and active fight against the repressive censorship laws of this country. The author writes that O’Faolain shows how his characters overcome their realities through inventive ideas.
O’Faolain’s Foreign Affairs, a collection of short stories, shows how the Irish, caught in a limited and culturally conservative environment, search for imaginative escape routes to a more fulfilling lifestyle. The characters in O’Foalain’s book do not literally travel but instead, use their imaginative and daring sides to free themselves and think outside of the box.