Fonn a Nios Fiach

by Padraig Ua Maoileoin

‘Fonn a níos fiach’ a deir an seanfhocal, agus nuair a bhualann an t-ocras Seán Mhicil agus a theaghlach óg caithfidh sé seiftiú dá réir.

I bprós glan snoite, insíonn an t-úrscéal gearr seo scéal an fhir atá á thiomáint ag an ocras chun seilg a dhéanamh ar son a theaghlaigh. Ach más é an gorta a chuireann Seán Mhicil amach thar shneachta an tsléibhe i mblianta deiridh an Ghorta Mhóir, de réir mar atá an giorria éalaitheach á leanúint go diongbháilte aige gabhann an tseilg seo chun laochais.

Ba í seo an leabhar ab ansa dá chuid leis an údar féin — insint teann íogair a bhfuil fiántas agus boladh an dúchais tríd. Agus, cé go gcuirtear i gcomparáid le clasaic Hemmingway The Old Man and the Sea í, agus le Moby Dick Herman Melville, is sásúla go mór fada mar leabhar í seo.

Fonn A Níos Fiach is a novella, based on folklore from Dúiche Sheoigheach. Out of his own works, this is the author’s favourite.

This is a tense, emotive telling, with the sense of wilderness throughout. It would remind you of ‘The Old Man and thr Sea’ by Hemingway, but in this case it was hunger and the famine, and not heroism, that drove this man to hunt.

ISBN: 9781911363446

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Date of Publication: 31/12/2018

  
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