The Táin

The Táin

A New Translation of the Táin Bó Cúailnge

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A stunning new translation brings Ireland’s greatest epic tale alive for a new generation

Dating from the eighth century, T in B C ailnge is the oldest Irish epic, a heroic mythic tale on par with Beowulf and The Aeneid . The sprawling, dramatic tale of the legendary warrior C Chulainn and his battle against the invading army of Connacht over the fabled Brown Bull of Cooley, The T in is an enthralling epic of heroism, magic, bloodshed, and betrayal. The wellspring of Irish literature from Yeats to Joyce, The T in 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, C 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 T in 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670018680
Branch Call Number: 398.2209415 TAI
Characteristics: xxx, 223 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Carson, Ciaran 1948-
Alternative Title: Táin bó Cúailnge. English.


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