As Trinity College campus is currently closed, many of our planned events have been postponed, but we hope to run these again at a future date. In the meantime, we are running our events online - please check this website for ongoing updates.
Peter Torberg: a literary translator in conversation
A Conversation with John Banville,
Wednesday 10 June 2020
Writer, scholar and translator Alan Titley in conversation with Prof. Michael Cronin, 19 May 2020You can watch a recording of this event on our YouTube channel, click here
To round up our bookclub year, we were joined by special guest Professor Alan Titley to discuss his translation of the darkly comic novella The Dregs of the Day by Máirtín Ó Cadhain (Yale University Press, 2019).
Published just months before he died in 1970, Máirtín Ó Cadhain's novella follows the story of a nameless civil servant, N., in the days immediately following the death of his wife. N. is a lost soul on a hopeless quest for salvation: he hates his job, his wife’s family and trusts no one and, in a cloud of grief, he wanders the streets in a futile search for salvation. The Dregs of the Day is a darkly humorous look at the widower’s attempts to arrange his wife’s funeral without money, a plan or anyone to turn to. With black humour sprinkled throughout, the book illustrates Ó Cadhain’s conviction that tragedy and comedy are inextricably linked.
Alan Titley's new translation brings this work to an English-speaking audience for the first time, beautifully capturing the despair and humour of the original. Alan Titley is the acclaimed translator of Ó Cadhain’s masterpiece, Cré na Cille (The Dirty Dust) which for many years was considered untranslatable.
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