The Dirty Dust: Cré na Cille (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)

By Máirtín Ó Cadhain

Now on hand in paperback, the unique English-language translation of Ó Cadhain’s raucous masterpiece

Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s impossible to resist and notorious novel The soiled Dust is constantly ranked because the most vital prose paintings in glossy Irish, but no translation for English-language readers has ever ahead of been released. Alan Titley’s lively new translation, packed with the brio and guts of Ó Cadhain’s unique, finally brings the pleasures of this nice satiric novel to the a ways wider viewers it deserves.
In The soiled Dust all characters lie lifeless of their graves. This, besides the fact that, doesn't impair their banter or their urge for food for information of aboveground happenings from the lately arrived. informed fullyyt in discussion, Ó Cadhain’s bold novel listens in at the gossip, rumors, backbiting, complaining, and obsessing of the area people. within the afterlife, it sort of feels, the standard existence is going on underneath the sod. purely not anything should be performed approximately it—apart from speak. during this cruel but comical portrayal of a heavily certain neighborhood, Ó Cadhain is still keenly attuned to the absurdity of human habit, the lilt of Irish gab, and the nasty, misleading magic of human connection.

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A foal with …’” Chalky Steven, he’s a complete crap artist! … What was once my coffin like? —Ten kilos, Caitriona. an exceptional great altar. —Are you gabbling on concerning the coffin or the altar? Why don’t you simply hear! … What rate used to be my coffin? A coffin of … —The absolute best coffin from Tim’s position, 3 half-barrels of stout, and poteen flowing. two times as a lot booze as was once wanted. Nell acknowledged that to him, yet there has been no speaking to him, he needed to have the 3 half-barrels. We have been swimming within the stuff. whether i used to be the oldfella there, I drank twelve mugs of it that evening, let alone the volume I had the evening you have been dropped at the church, and the day of the funeral. to inform you the full fact, Caitriona, regardless of all of the appreciate and affection i've got for you, there’s no method i'd have under the influence of alcohol all that a lot if I knew that the guts was once a section dicey … —You didn’t listen that Patrick acknowledged something approximately burying me elsewhere within the cemetery? —I bought a bit dart in my part, and it fresh took my breath away. It was once the center, God support me … —You can hold that to your self, Johnny. hearken to me. You didn’t listen that Patrick stated whatever approximately burying me … —You’d were buried besides, Caitriona, it didn’t subject how a lot was once under the influence of alcohol. no matter if i used to be the single with the dicey center … —You are the main lifeless codger ever for the reason that Adam took a chunk out of the apple. Did you or did you now not pay attention that Patrick acknowledged something in any respect approximately me being buried in other places within the cemetery? —Paddy used to be going to bury you within the Pound position, yet Nell stated that the Fifteen Shilling position was once more than enough for somebody, and that it used to be a true pity for a negative individual to enter debt. —The harridan! She could say that, wouldn’t she! She used to be in the home, then? —A positive good-looking foal we obtained after Christmas. Ten kilos … —Did you pay ten kilos for the foal? You already acknowledged that ten kilos used to be paid for my altar … —Your altar acquired ten kilos definitely, Caitriona. Ten kilos, twelve shillings. That was once it precisely. Blotchy Brian became up simply because the funeral used to be turning on the best of the line, and he used to be attempting to supply Paddy a shilling, yet he wouldn’t take it. that will were ten kilos 13, if he had taken it … —He was once attempting to stuff it down his craw. Blotchy Brian! If the grotesque outdated duffer was once searching for a girl, he wouldn’t be so sluggish … yet hearken to me, John Willy, hearken to me … stable guy! used to be Nell on the residence? —She didn’t go away it from the time you died till the time you went to the church. She used to be serving the ladies in the home the day of the funeral. I went into the again room to fill a couple of pipes of tobacco for the bathe from Gort Ribbuck, they have been a ways too cautious to come back in from the line. Myself and Nell began to speak: “Caitriona’s a stunning corpse, could God have mercy on her soul,” I says myself. “And you laid her out so superbly …” Nell shoved me into the nook out of how: “I don’t really need to claim anything,” she stated. “After all, she was once my sister …” I swear, that’s what she stated. —But what did she say?

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