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Metadata for text 334
No. words in textN/A
Title Caogad san Fhàsach
Author Iain MacÌomhair, Dòmhnall
Editor N/A
Date Of Edition 2014
Date Of Language 2000-
Publisher Acair
Place Published Stornoway
Volume N/A
Geographical Origins Lewis
Register Literature, Prose
Alternative Author Name Donald John Maciver
Manuscript Or Edition Ed.
Size And Condition 20.7cm x 14.5cm
Short Title Caogad san Fhàsach
Reference Details NLS: PB5.214.990/9
Number Of Pages vi, 348
Gaelic Text By N/A
Illustrator N/A
Social Context For more information about the author, see Text 210.
Contents Following the title page (p. iii) appears the contents list (pp. v-vii) and then a very short introduction (p. 9) followed by a poem (pp. 10-15,) after which the main bulk of the text appears, divided into 50 chapters.
Sources No indication is given in the volume as to where the original short-stories were first published, but many, if not all, would have been contributions to Gaelic periodicals such as Gairm, or previous collections of short stories. Some stories may well have made their first appearance in this collection.
Language Although these short-stories vary in quality, theme and approach, they are written in a fluid, engaging yet laconic style and are easy to comprehend. Themes touched upon include crime, death, politics, war, the human condition, alienation; some of which are surreal, and contain humour of the black variety, and seem at times to be influenced by magic realism, or the author’s own philosophical outlook.
 
As a reflection of the Gaelic dialect of Lewis there is a consistent tendency to exclude do in phrases such as gun shiubhail (p. 17) and gun bhris (p. 18).
 
There are quite a few examples of Gaelicised spellings of English words, e.g.: boma (p. 21), tanca (p. 21), òson (p. 30), saidheans (p. 164), dicteutairean (p. 182), suiteis (p. 211), bhodca (p. 293).

The language reflects the Gaelic dialect of the Isle of Lewis.
Orthography The orthography conforms to the early twenty-first century. Only grave accent is used.
Edition First edition.
Further Reading Black, Ronald I. M. (ed.), An Tuil: Anthology of 20th Century Scottish Gaelic Verse (Edinburgh, 2002: Birlinn), 592-99, 804-05.
Watson, Moray, An Introduction to Gaelic Fiction (Edinburgh, 2011: Edinburgh University Press).
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