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After the dance : selected stories of Iain Crichton Smith

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As a child Iain Crichton Smith was raised speaking Gaelic on the island of Lewis.

At school in Stornoway he spoke English. Like many islanders before and since, his culture was divided: two languages and two histories entailing exile.

His divided perspective delineated the tyranny of history and religion, of the cramped life of small communities, and gave him a compassionate eye for the struggle of women and men in a world defined by denials.

After the Dance proves that big themes - love, history, power, submission, death - can be addressed without the foil of irony and acquire resonance when given a local habitation and a voice that risks pure, humane, impassioned speech. This updated edition includes the story 'Home'

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1846974038 / 9781846974038
Paperback / softback
United Kingdom
288 pages
20 cm
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Reprint. Published in Scotland. Originally published: 2013.