After the Dance : Selected Stories of Iain Crichton Smith Paperback
Edited by Alan Warner
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, two histories entailing exile, a central theme of his stories in both tongues.
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.
Iain Crichton Smith:Selected Stories 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Birlinn General
- Publication Date: 03/10/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846972966