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June 11, 2012 at 4:36 am #36286
Doing some basic research on the apparently small genre of Irish science fiction, two books that I found reference to that appear to be important to the development of the genre are “Algoland” by Seán mac Maoláin and “Duinneall” by Seosamh O Torna. However, it appears this books are exceedingly hard to find (at least on the internet). I imagine they must be at least slightly easier to acquire in Ireland (I live in the US). Does anyone have either of these books or any knowledge of where they can be obtained?June 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm #42069eadaoinParticipant
agus ta ceann do déagóirí … “Vortex” le Anna Heussaff – bhain mé an-taitneamh as…June 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm #42070
Does anyone have either of these books or any knowledge of where they can be obtained?
I’m afraid I’ve never even heard of either!
I’ve read Vortex that Eadaoin mentioned and Iarla Mac Aodha Bhuí has written a few. But these were books for teenagers. I’ll have to investigate.June 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm #42071TuigimParticipant
According to http://www.worldcat.org/title/algoland/oclc/225449989&referer=brief_results
Author: SeaÌn Mac MaolaÌin
Published: 1947 by Oifig an tSolaÌthair , Dublin Ireland
Open Library Number: OL20027627M
OCLC Number: 225449989
is available from the following libraries
1. University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, United States
2. University of Toronto Robarts Library, Toronto, Canada
3. National Library of Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland
4. University College Cork, Boole Library Cork, Ireland
5. University College Dublin, James Joyce Library Dublin, IrelandJune 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm #42072TuigimParticipant
According to http://www.worldcat.org/title/aill-an-ghabhair-agus-scealta-eile/oclc/19291821&referer=brief_results
Title: Aill an ghabhair agus sceÌalta eile
Author: Seosamh OÌ Torna
Publisher: Baile AÌtha Cliath : Oifig an tSolaÌthair, 1940.
is available in 12 university libraries including UCD, UCC, UCG
See link above for more details
Maybe it includes Duinneall?June 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm #42073
http://Borrowbooks.ie turned up a copy in Killarney Public Library & in Carlow.June 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm #42075
GRMA, Looks like I need to go to Ireland and get a library card 🙂
At the moment I am reading “An Fear a Phléasc” which isn’t exactly sci-fi, but seems to have some surrealist sci-fi elements to the stories. It is a somewhat challenging read, but for the most part I think I am getting the gist of everything. I also have “Ag Altóir an Diabhail”, which I have glanced at and appears to be readable to me for the most part, and “Aistear”, which is probably the most challenging book I’ve tried to read so far. I will have to check out “Vortex” to see how it compares in reading level to these others.June 12, 2012 at 6:26 am #42077Seosamh2012Participant
Can anyone please post a synopsis of these two books?
grmaJune 12, 2012 at 6:44 am #42078
This is about as much information as I’ve been able to find about either. Given what the themes that are supposedly covered in “Duinneall”, it sounds like it is particular relevant today, with the further decline of the language in Irish society.June 12, 2012 at 7:45 am #42079
You might want to try
An Tionscadal, Tomás Mac Síomóin
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