Book review: ‘I dtír mhilis na mbeo’ on Tuairisc.ie 17 April 2017 – Posted in: Léirmheas leabhar, News

 Eoin P. Ó Murchú has reviewed I dtír mhilis na mbeo by Colm Ó Ceallacháin. Here’s a taster:

Tá dhá scéal ar leith ar deacair gan suntas a thabhairt dóibh. Samplaí den litríocht shrianta nó ‘constrained literature’ iad. Sa chéad cheann, Fuadach, fuadaítear an guta ‘i’ agus níl úsáidtear ar chor ar bith sa scéal é agus sa dara ceann, a thagann díreach ina dhiaidh, níl mar ghuta ann ach ‘i’.

Léiríonn Fuadach go háirithe cumas an scríbhneora agus scéal gasta inste aige gan aon chabhair ó ghuta áirithe, scéal a bhfuil rian den bhleachtaireacht agus den tráchtaireacht pholaitiúil air. Tá ceangal idir an dá scéal seo agus cé gur deacra i bhfad scéal a bhfuil dealramh leis a scríobh gan ‘aeou’, éiríonn leis mar phíosa próis cé gur cosúla le filíocht é. Chuirfeadh an cleas seo i gcuimhne duit an Francach Georges Perec, a scríobh an t-úrscéal La Disparition sans ‘e’; agus nár úsáid ach ‘e’ in Les Revenentes. Cuireann cleasaíocht mar seo le nuálaíocht an chnuasaigh, agus ní ar mhaithe le cleasaíocht amháin é.

The praise doesn’t stop there! Read the whole review (as Gaeilge) on  Tuairisc.ie >>

The author:

Colm Ó Ceallacháin has published stories in ComharFeastaSouthword and gorse. He has won awards in Oireachtas literary competitions. The Arts Council awarded him a bursary in 2013 in Litríocht na Gaeilge. He lives in Cork, where he works with young people. I dtír mhilis na mbeo (Cois Life, 2017) is his first collection of short stories.

I dtír mhilis na mbeo

A new literary voice in Irish, this is Colm Ó Ceallacháin’s first collection of short stories.

Here we meet young and old, struggling with the tribulations of life. All is not as it seems. Is that the Pope we see waiting for two boys during his papal tour of Ireland in 1979? Could those seaside visitors be aliens from another planet?

The characters in this collection are growing up and coming of age, but they are slipping into oblivion too, through the forgetful fog of old age and delirium. We are continually being spirited from this life, but in one story it is the letter ‘i’ itself which is kidnapped, only to return with a vengeance.

Hard though it is at times, we must all carry on to the bitter end, in the sweet land of the living.

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