The Story of Hunger

As further context for Breakfast on Pluto and TransAtlantic — and as comparison/counterpoint to Dubliners — there’s the story of incarcerated IRA member Bobby Sands who, in 1981, went on a hunger strike in Her Majesty’s “Maze” prison in N. Ireland to protest prison conditions there. He died after 66 days of the strike, but he also ignited the passions of those in N. Ireland who were opposed to the British government’s policies in N. Ireland, even those who were not supporters of the IRA. Here’s more about Sands and about Steve McQueen, the filmmaker who made the 2008 film, Hunger, which is based on Sands’s hunger strike and his experience in prison.

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