A Pagan Place by Edna O'Brien

By Edna O'Brien

A PAGAN position is Edna O'Brien's real novel of eire. right here she returns to that uniquely superb, bad, strange position she as soon as referred to as domestic and writes not just of a existence there—of the kid turning into a woman—but of the Irish event out of which that existence arises—perhaps extra pointedly than in any of her different works. this can be the eire of kingdom villages and barley fields, of druids within the woods, of unknown infants within the womb, of mischievous women and Tans with weapons. eire has marked Edna O'Brien's existence and paintings with unmistakable colour and intensity, and right here she recreates her fatherland with a unique grace and depth.

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Mannen smilte (i hvert fall gikk jeg ut fra at han smilte), hevet en pekefinger i været og sa manende: «Penitenziagite! Ti se, draco venturus est, han vil gnage på din sjel! La mortz est super nos! Be om at den hellige far vil befri nos a malo de todas le peccata! Ho - ho, liker dere ista negromanzia de Domini Nostri Iesu Christi! Et anco jois me'es dols e plazer m'es dolors ... Cave el diabolo! Semper m'aguaita in qualche canto per adentarme le carcagna. Men Salvatore non est insipiens! Bonum monasterium.

Det var ikke helt klart om han godtok alt William hadde sagt, eller om han bare bifalt Williams tindrende klare og meget imponerende tankerekke. » «Det som er blitt sagt meg om Deres dyktighet og intelligens har neppe vært overdrevet,» sa abbeden. «Som De sa, det var ikke noe vann innenfor noe vindu, og nå vet jeg hvorfor. Alt De har sagt er helt riktig. Og nå begriper De også mine bekymringer. Det ville vært ille nok om en av mine munker skulle ha skitnet seg til med en synd så stor som et selvmord.

Og slik solen steg denne morgenen, kunne de lyse strålene vekke både munkene i dormitoriet og dyrene i stallen. Jeg har aldri sett et bedre orientert abbedi, senere skulle jeg komme til å lære å kjenne både St. Gallen, Cluny og Fontenay, og andre anlegg, men ingen så velproporsjonerte. Og anderledes enn alt annet var den umåtelige og gigantiske Kolossen. Jeg har ikke kunnskaper som murmester, men jeg er sikker på at denne giganten var eldre enn alle de andre bygningene innenfor ringmuren, kanskje en gang skapt for andre formål, men nå inkorporert i hele det senere anlegg, men slik at kjempebygget tilpasser seg kirken og ikke omvendt.

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