The Dregs of the Day

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The final published work in his lifetime by the renowned Máirtín Ó Cadhain, this novella follows a widower as he attempts to plan his wife’s funeral arrangements without money, direction or whiskey. Thrown into a desert of unknowing, he knows not where to turn or what to do. In a poignant meditation on regret, possibilities, maybes and avoidances, the author portrays a man hopelessly watching as the people in the world go about their lives around him. With black humour sprinkled throughout the book, a profound look at psychic loss and puzzlement by a writer at the height of his powers, illustrates ó Cadhain’s conviction that tragedy and comedy are inextricably conntected. 

Bringing this work to an English-speaking audience for the first time, this volume includes an illuminating introduction by Alan Titley, whose skillful translation captures the spirit and tone of the original.

Weight250 g