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The Dirty Dust

(2015)
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"...the greatest novel to be written in the Irish language, and among the best books to come out of Ireland in the twentieth century."
Colm Tóibín


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.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Dirty Dust: Cre na Cille (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Author(s): Mairtin O Cadhain
ISBN: 0-300-19849-3 / 978-0-300-19849-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Dirty Dust: Cre na Cille (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Author(s): Mairtin O Cadhain
ISBN: 0-300-21982-2 / 978-0-300-21982-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Dirty Dust: Cre na Cille (The Margellos World Republic of Letters)
Author(s): Mairtin O Cadhain
Publisher: Yale University Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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