The Celtic Twilight

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Product code: 00327

ISBN: 978-617-664-258-9

Publish year: 2023

Series: Irish novel

Genre: Fiction literature

Age categories: Adult

Cover: Hardcover

Amount: 224 pages

Size: 20×13 см

Illustrations: Black & white

The Celtic Twilight
William Butler Yeats

Translated from English by Olena O’Lear
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William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his inspired poetry, which “gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.” This formula is also valid for his prose, and it is no coincidence that on the eve of Ireland’s independence, the title of his collection of essays The Celtic Twilight became a figurative definition of the entire national literary renaissance, of which the writer was a prominent representative. “A handful of dreams,” according to his humble definition, The Celtic Twilight is an excursion to the land of the faeries, the creatures, who are descended from the ancient gods and belong neither to the forces of light nor to the forces of darkness, to the land of spirits and ghosts, and therefore — to the very heart of Ireland, where folk beliefs date back to distant antiquity, where the gift of visionaryism is still preserved and where it is customary not to be at enmity with the other world, but to “exchange civilities” with it. The notes of the folklorist, who carefully and enthusiastically recorded the stories of the peasants, are interspersed here with insightful comments of the writer, who himself had a visionary experience.

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William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) was a famous Irish writer, Nobel Prize winner, leader of the Irish Literary Revival of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, founder of the first national theatre. Yeats’s works are full of motifs from Irish antiquity, Celtic mythology and European mysticism. More details
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