The Dirty Dust / Cré na Cille (paperback)

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The Dirty Dust (bog) – Máirtín Ó Cadhain
Aist: Alan Titley

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Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s irresistable and infamous novel The Dirty Dust is consistently ranked as the most important prose work in modern Irish, yet no English translation has ever before been published, Alan Titley’s vigorous new translation, full of the brio and guts of Ó 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 aboveground happenings from the recently arrived. Told almost entirely in dialogue, Ó 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, comical, and somehow tender portrayal of a closely bound community, Ó Cadhain remains keenly attuned to the absurdity of human behaviour, the lilt of Irish gab, and the nasty, deceptive magic of human connection.

Is é seo an chéad aistriúchán go Béarla ar mhórshaothar Mháirín Uí Chadhain, Cré na Cille. Tugann an t-aistriúchán bríomhar atá déanta ag Alan Titley ar an mbunleagan croí agus spiorad bhunleagan Uí Chadhain leis go dtí an leagan i mBéarla agus tugann sé deis do phobal níos leithne taitneamh a bhaint as an úrscéal ceannródaíoch Uí Chadhain.

I Cré na Cille tá na carachtairí caillte agus ina luí ina n-uaigheanna. Ní chuireann sé seo aon bhac ar an tóir atá acu ar scéalta ón saol os cionn talúna. De réir mar a thagann na mairbh nua isteach sa reilig faigheann siad nuacht ón saol atá fágtha ina ndiaidh acu. Trí chomhrá na gcarachtar a insítear an scéal agus tugann deis don léitheoir cúléisteacht a dhéanamh ar chúlchaint, clamhsán, agus biadán an phobail áitiúil. Is cosúil go leanann an seansaol ar aghaidh sa gcéad saol eile, ach an t-aon difríocht atá ann ná nach féidir tada a dhéanamh faoi thada – ach caint agus tuilleadh cainte. Tugann Ó Cadhain insint atá ionraic agus tuisceanach ar phobal áitiúil agus ar an gcine daonna.

MÁIRTÍN Ó CADHAIN (1906-1970): is considered one of the most significant writers in the Irish language and among all the writers of the twentieth century. A lifelong language-rights activist, he invigorated the Irish language and Irish literature as well as modernist literature at large.

ALAN TITLEY: a novelist, short story writer, playwright, and scholar, writes a weekly column for The Irish Times on current and cultural matters.

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Máirtín Ó Cadhain Aist: Alan Titley

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