Thirty-Two Words for Field: Lost Words of the Irish Landscape

by Manchán Magan

Hardcover, 2020




Gill Books (2020), 386 pages


The Irish language has thirty-two words for field. Among them are:Geamhar ́ a field of corn-grassTuar ́ a field for cattle at nightR©♭idhle©Łn ́ a field for games or dancingCathair©Ưn ́ a field with a fairy-dwelling in itThe richness of a language closely tied to the natural landscape offered our ancestors a more magical way of seeing the world. Before we cast old words aside, let us consider the sublime beauty and profound oddness of the ancient tongue that has been spoken on this island for almost 3,000 years.In Thirty-Two Words for Field, Manch©Łn Magan meditates on these words ́ and the nuances of a way of life that is disappearing with them.


Irish Book Award (Nominee — 2020)


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