September 30th, 18:15, TCD Long Room Hub
Mairtín Ó Cadhain’s novel, Cré na Cille has garnered its share of critical acclaim since its publication in 1949, called by Colm Tóibín ‘the greatest novel to be written in the Irish language, and among the best books to come out of Ireland in the twentieth century.’ We are delighted to welcome UCC Emeritus Professor Alan Titley to discuss The Dirty Dust, his new translation of Ó Cadhain’s novel. Published this year, more than sixty years after the original novel, Titley’s English translation opens up this lesser-known work from Ireland’s Modernist canon to a wider audience for the first time. Cré na Cille has long been regarded as a remarkable work, boldly flouting literary traditions of form and style: the novel records -from its opening line, without ado or explanation- the spirited, often wickedly vulgar banter of those dead and buried in the cemetery of a Connemara village. The Dirty Dust most certainly does justice to its parent text, and has been lauded for the pace, vibrancy and devilish wit of its language.