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Poor Mouth

A Bad Story about the Hard Life (Irish Literature)

Flann O'Brien, Ralph Steadman (Illustrator), Patrick C. Power (Translator)


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"The Poor Mouth" relates the story of one Bonaparte O'Coonassa, born in a cabin in a fictitious village called Corkadoragha in western Ireland equally renowned for its beauty and the abject poverty of its residents. Potatoes constitute the basis of his family's daily fare, and they share both bed and board with the sheep and pigs. A scathing satire on the Irish, this work brought down on the author's head the full wrath of those who saw themselves as the custodians of Irish language and tradition when it was first published in Gaelic in 1941.

Dalkey Archive Press, 9781564780911, 128pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 1996

About the Author

Flann O'Brien (1911-1966) is the author of "The Dalkey Archive," "At Swim-Two-Birds," "The Hard Life," "The Poor Mouth," and "The Third Policeman," all available from Dalkey Archive Press.