The Great Book of Gaelic (英語) ハードカバー – 2003/4/21
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Leabhar M?r na G?idhlig/The Great Book of Gaelic brings together more than 150 poets, visual artists, calligraphers and typographers from Ireland and Scotland. New poetry and visual artwork has been commissioned to form the 'Great Book' - a single bound volume, which will be a major contemporary artwork in the form of visual anthology. Canongate is publishing a beautiful accompanying catalogue to commemorate this immense celebration of contemporary Celtic culture. It will feature full-page, full-colour plates of all the artwork, the Gaelic poems with selected lines presented as calligraphy, full English translations and information on all the contributors.
'The quality of the artwork is outstanding' -- The Scotsman 'A monument to contemporary culture' -- The Sunday Herald 'A wonderful collection' -- Scotland on Sunday 'The Kaleidoscopic variety of An Leabhar Mor is comfortingly contained within a coherent and authoritative vision ... a sumptuous collection of images.' -- The Irish Times --このテキストは、ハードカバー版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
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Leading poets and writers were selected to choose 100 Gaelic poems from almost every century from the 6th to the 21st.It includes the earliest Gaelic poetry in existance and represents the greatest Gaelic poets and their poetry about comedy,tragedy,love death,spiritual and the bawdy.
Then, 100 visual artists were chosen to interpret the poems . Furthermore a team of calligraphers and a topograpgher worked with the artists to integrate the key lines of poetry and the artist's images.
This book presents an outstanding collection pf poetry and art of Gaelic culture from the 6th century to the present times.
It took an amazing effort coupled with much assistange to bring this collection to fruition. It was published in 2002 and while it is still available in small numbers. It is already being offered by mdealers at prices many times exceeding the origional price. If you are a lover of Gaelic poetry and art,you will be enchanted with this beautiful book as soon as you see it;and want to acquire a copy of your own ,while you can.
Each poem and picture is presented on 2 facing pages. A Supplementary Text includes complete poems in Gaelic as well as English. A Biographies Section covers all the artist involved including photographs and their backgrounds. A detailed Index is also included.The paper quality,printing,and construction is excellent. It is fairly large at
8 3/4" X 10 1/4" X 1" and 321 pages.
The themes lament and celebrate. The work emerges from a period of hope with the peace in the North of Ireland symbolizing a reapproachment with the warring sides, each of whom in Ulster drew on Gaelic images and rhetoric in their territorial struggle. Also, such efforts as the Colmcille Project seek to re-orient the perspective of not so much British as Celtic isles and nations in the North Atlantic: this book carries such a mission into the realms of the aesthetic and the visual. The attention devoted to English, Scots Gaelic, and Irish, therefore, balances these three living sources of the words and ideas imagined here.
Essays on the poetic traditions, the art, and capsule bios of the writers and artists enhance this handsome volume. The originals were displayed in exhibition before being bound on handmade paper. A website also shows a sample of the work; the BBC also gave radio and TV coverage to this millennial project celebrating Gaelic history and identity. The content rewards close study, often with a magnifying glass, as you'd view a medieval manuscript. The scope recalls such disparate monuments as the Apocalypse Spanish texts of Beatus of Liebana (themselves inspiration for Umberto Eco's "Name of the Rose"), the ancient portrait of a Roman matron, fashion shoots and gallery photography, iconography, and doubtless dozens more influences I lack the erudition to compare.