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- DescriptionNow available in paperback, the original English-language translation of O Cadhain's raucous masterpiece Mairtin O Cadhain's irresistible and infamous vel The Dirty Dust is consistently ranked as the most important prose work in modern Irish, yet translation for English-language readers has ever before been published. Alan Titley's vigorous new translation, full of the brio and guts of O Cadhain's original, at last brings the pleasures of this great satiric vel to the far wider audience it deserves. In The Dirty Dust all characters lie dead in their graves. This, however, does t impair their banter or their appetite for news of aboveground happenings from the recently arrived. Told entirely in dialogue, O Cadhain's daring vel listens in on the gossip, rumors, backbiting, complaining, and obsessing of the local community. In the afterlife, it seems, the same old life goes on beneath the sod. Only thing can be done about it-apart from talk. In this merciless yet comical portrayal of a closely bound community, O Cadhain remains keenly attuned to the absurdity of human behavior, the lilt of Irish gab, and the nasty, deceptive magic of human connection.
- Author BiographyMairtin O Cadhain (1906-1970) is considered one of the most significant writers in the Irish language. Alan Titley, a novelist, story writer, playwright, and scholar, writes a weekly column for The Irish Times on current and cultural matters.
- Author(s)Mairtin O Cadhain
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication01/03/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleThe Margellos World Republic of Letters
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Weight295 g
- Width127 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Translated byAlan Titley
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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