Lainnir a Bhuirn - The Gleaming Water: Essays on Modern Gaelic Literature (BOK)
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The Gaelic poet Ruaraidh MacThomais invokes the Scottish Gaelic language in his poem, 'An Tobar' (The Well): chunnaic mi lainnir a' bhA'irn ud a ni slan gach ciA'rradh gu ruig ciA'rradh cridhe I saw the sparkle of that water that makes whole every hurt till the hurt of the heart The image of the well is a powerful and fitting one for the current position of Gaelic language and culture in Scotland and and its future potential. The twelve essays in this volume show the depth and richness of Gaelic literature in the twentieth century and beyond. Covering topics as diverse as literary theory, translation and publishing, as well as dealing with the work of specific writers, this collection in English and Gaelic highlights central issues of Gaelic literature in the twentieth century and explores the direction it is taking in the twenty-first century.