Is dócha go bhfuil an leabhar seo ar na leabhair Ghaeilge is cáiliúla a scríobhadh riamh. Tá an leabhar seo ar cheann den bheagán sin i nGaeilge a bhfuil eolas agus meas domhanda air agus is mór an teist air sin go bhfuil ag méadú ar a sheasamh I gcónaí bíodh gur scríobhadh é os cionn daichead bliain ó shin.
One of the most well-known and appreciated Irish books ever written. Regarded by many as a masterpiece its popularity continues to grow over forty years after its writing.
An Béal Bocht is a classic satire in Irish by one of the century’s great writers, Myles na gCopaleen / Flann O’Brien / Brian O’Nolan.
This extremely funny book, with its rain-sodden peasants of Corca Dorcha who combine pretensions to proficiency in English with true caint na ndaoine in the hope of impressing the insatiable Irish-language ethusiasts, was the proof that the Irish of the Revival had come of age. It earned Flann O’Brien the accolade bestowed upon him by Austin Clarke: ‘our Gaelic satirist’ and is still a useful corrective against the native tendency to take things too seriously. As its subtitle An Milleánach indictates, it satirises Tomas O’Criomhthain’s famous Blasket autobiography An t-Oileánach as well as other Gaeltacht works like Caisleáin Óir by Donegal writer Séamus O Grianna.
Myles na gCopaleen (aka Flann O’Brien) was born Brian O’Nolan in Strabane 1911. He began to write as a student at University College Dublin. Thereafter he worked as a civil servant. He wrote a regular tri-weekly column called ‘The Cruiskeen Lawn’ for the Irish Times for twenty-five years from the early 1940s. In this he made his name as a satirist, writing originally in Irish, then more and more in English. His claim to literary fame rests mainly on two post-modernist works in English, At-Swim-Two-Birds(1939) and the posthumous The Third Policeman(1967). He died of cancer in 1966.