This new edition of Sorley MacLean's major poem 'An Cuilithionn' ('The Cuillin'), in Gaelic with English translation, includes 400 lines never before published, plus an extended commentary. A further 45 poems from MacLean's papers appear in print for the first time, with facing English versions.
Bale Fire is a book in three cycles. The first explores the darker side of communities in decline. The middle is a transposition of elements and characters of the Odyssey to a Scottish hill farm and its neighbours. The final part looks at the idea of harvest and loss. Jim Carruth offers here both a celebration and an elegy.
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