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The Dirty Dust: CRE na Cille

Mairtin O Cadhain Alan Titley


Yale University

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


328 pages

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Now available in paperback, the original English-language translation of Cadhain's raucous masterpiece.
Mairtin O Cadhain's irresistible and infamous novel The Dirty Dust is consistently ranked as the most important prose work in modern Irish, yet no 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 novel to the far wider audience it deserves. In The Dirty Dust all characters lie dead in their graves. This, however, does not impair their banter or their appetite for news of aboveground happenings from the recently arrived. Told entirely in dialogue, O Cadhain's daring novel 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 nothing 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."

By:   Mairtin O Cadhain
Translated by:   Alan Titley
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   294g
ISBN:   9780300219821
ISBN 10:   0300219822
Series:   The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mairtin 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.

[A] rollicking romp . . . Shocking, uproarious, and heartrendingly tender by turns. Cindy Hoedel, Kansas City Star --Cindy Hoedel Kansas City Star

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