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Author(s)
Brian Friel
Format
Paperback | 112 pages
Dimensions
126 x 198 x 6mm | 93g
Publication date
01 Mar 1995
Publisher
FABER & FABER
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Main
ISBN10
0571117422
ISBN13
9780571117420
Bestsellers rank
7,318

Description

The action takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English.

In examining the effects of this operation on the lives of a small group, Brian Friel skilfully reveals the far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative.


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