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The Tain. Translated with an Introduction by Ciaran Carson (New)
by Carson, Ciaran
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Book ID: 9780670018680, 0670018686
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A stunning new translation brings Ireland's greatest epic tale alive for a new generation Dating from the eighth century, "Tain Bo Cuailnge" is the oldest Irish epic, a heroic mythic tale on par with "Beowulf" and "The Aeneid," The sprawling, dramatic tale of the legendary warrior Cu Chulainn and his battle against the invading army of Connacht over the fabled Brown Bull of Cooley, The Tain is an enthralling epic of heroism, magic, bloodshed, and betrayal. The wellspring of Irish literature from Yeats to Joyce, The Tain is the story of the emergence of a hero with superhuman strength and supernatural powers. It is a paean to the Irish landscape and a bawdy and contentious marital farce. Filled with phenomenal battle scenes of hand-to-hand combat and clashes between massive armies, Cu Chulainn's heroic exploits contain the historical seeds of the struggle for Irish nationalism as well as the mythic roots of the traditional Irish love of nature. Carson's lively, conversational rendition of The Tain will bring the adventures of the legendary Irish hero to a new generation of readers interested in epic poetry and Irish history. In the first translation in forty years, Carson brings this seminal work of literature fully to life, capturing all the visceral power of the ancient epic. It is truly a classic for our time.
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