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The Tain
By Ciaran Carson (trans)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date February 24, 2009
Pages 223
Binding Paperback
Edition Original
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140455304
ISBN-10 0140455302
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $17.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: '[A] brilliant and altogether engaging new translation' (Los Angeles Times) of the greatest epic in Irish literature

The Tain Bo Cualinge, centrepiece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's great epic, on par with Beowulf and The Aeneid. The story of the emergence of a hero, a paean to the Irish landscape, and a bawdy and contentious marital farce, The Tain tells of a great cattle-raid, the invasion of Ulster by the armies of Medb and Ailill, Queen and King of Connacht, and their allies, seeking to carry off the great Brown Bull of Cualige. The hero of the tale is Cuchulainn, the Hound of Ulster, who resists the invaders single-handed while Ulster's warriors lie sick. In its first translation in forty years, Ciaran Carson brings this seminal work of Irish literature fully to life, capturing all of its visceral power in what acclaimed poets Seamus Heaney and Paul Muldoon individually called one of the best books of the year. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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With Ciaran Carson (other contributor) | Original edition from Penguin Classics (February 24, 2009); titled "The Tain"
9780140455304 | details & prices | 223 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $17.00
About: '[A] brilliant and altogether engaging new translation' (Los Angeles Times) of the greatest epic in Irish literatureThe Tain Bo Cualinge, centrepiece of the eighth-century Ulster cycle of heroic tales, is Ireland's great epic, on par with Beowulf and The Aeneid.
With George O\'Connor (other contributor), Stan Kirby | from Ace Books (February 1, 1986)
9780441795345 | details & prices | List price $3.50
This edition also contains Captain Awesome and the Mummy's Treasure
About: A dramatic retelling of the ancient Irish epic recounts the rivalry between King Ailell of Connacht and his beautiful, insatiable Queen, the tragic saga of Conchover and his obsession for Derdriu of the Sorrows, and the exploits of Cu Chulainn, legendarychampion of Ireland

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