The Astrakhan Cloak


Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill


Translated by Paul Muldoon

Available in Paperback only

‘These exuberant poems filter a modern suburban existence through the beguiling miasma of a more ancient Ireland . . . What Muldoon calls in one poem ‘the monsters of the imagination, the demons of the air’ dart through the book like sly witches on a wild night.
— Conor Kelly, The Sunday Tribune

‘The two poets are at their best, making The Astrakhan Cloak a landmark in Irish literature’
— Frank Sewell, Fortnight

This collaboration between Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Paul Muldoon reveals an astonishing connection between two extraordinary talents.

‘This is an outstanding volume which with a poignant assurance places its hope in the ‘little boat/of the language’.’

— Tom Paulin, Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year

The translations shed light on her work
and add new dimensions and meanings to many of the poems. It will undoubtedly make her beautiful, lyrical poetry accessible to a greater number of people and it’s a collaboration that much be welcomed by all readers.

— The Irish Times

The most interesting thing now happening in Irish literature is the disinterested collaboration between its two component cultures and languages. This book is the most significant and disinterested recent contribution to that salutary development. It marks a moment in Hardiman’s Irish Minstrelsy in 1834: a move ‘to make the people of Ireland better acquainted with one another, ‘ and to make the wider literary world better acquainted with both components.

— Bernard O’Donoghue TLS

This type of highly allusive poetry is notoriously difficult to translate successfully,
particularly when much of its imaginative tension depends on the play between ‘native’ and ‘foreign’, between old and new, between modern and traditional . . . Muldoon, however, manages magnificently . . . It is a mark of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s stature as a poet that, even when divorced from their context as part of a highly ambitious and successful poetic agenda, these poems retain their authority and still show an underlying thematic unity . . . a marvellous book.

— Briona Nic Dhiarmada, ILS

Year Published: 1992
Details: 112pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 104 5