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Carson, Ciaran 1948-

Works: 93 works in 337 publications in 5 languages and 9,366 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Legends  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Fiction  History 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Adapter, Narrator, Author of introduction, zxx
Classifications: PR6053.A714, 821.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ciaran Carson
The Táin : a new translation of the Táin bó Cúailnge( Book )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new translation of the eighth-century Irish epic is a sprawling mythic tale of the legendary warrior Cú Chulainn, and his battle against the invading army of Connacht over the fabled Brown Bull of Cooley
The inferno of Dante Alighieri : a new translation by Dante Alighieri( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Inferno, the first volume of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, is an imaginative tour de force. In this celebrated work -- widely considered to be one of the greatest in the Western canon -- Dante's literary hero Virgil guides him through Hell, showing him the inhabitants of each of its nine circles and examples of the divine justice meted out to them. Originally written in colloquial Italian, The Inferno was intended by Dante as a poem for the common reader. In his new translation, Ciaran Carson has constructed a version that is suffused with wit, anger and irreverent vigor. Carson, an award-winning Irish poet, accents his Inferno with vivid Hiberno-English idioms, drawing on the Irish poetic and balladmaking tradition to create rhymes that sparkle and stimulate. Carson's swift intelligence never diminishes the pathos of the original, however, and Dante's visions of Hell -- and his pity for some of the damned -- shine through undimmed. This is a truly original retelling of Dante's epic journey that will surprise and renew the twenty-first-century reader's faith in the art of translation. Remarkably inventive, Carson's Inferno is deserving of comparison with Seamus Heaney's Beowulf and Ted Hughes's Tales from Ovid
Last night's fun : in and out of time with Irish music by Ciaran Carson( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ciaran Carson's Last Night's Fun is a sparkling celebration of Irish music and life that is itself a literary performance of the highest order. Each chapter takes the title of a traditional tune, and as in a session played by brilliant improvising musicians, each tune leads into another, melodies and variations weaving in and out in a haze of talk and memory. Carson's inspired jumble of recording history, poetry, tall tales, and polemic captures the sound and vigor of a ruthlessly unsentimental music. A leading Irish poet who is also an accomplished flute player, he tells of his Belfast childhood, of learning to play music, of his travels in Ireland and America, of poteen, pub life, and the special pleasure taken in a well-made Fry "the morning after the night before." Loosely interpreted standards, as Carson points out, achieve a special kind of profundity and resonance - a tune can never be played the same way twice - so this is also a book about the poignancy of lost airs, about music as "a way of renegotiating lost time" and recognizing mortality.--Dust jacket
Shamrock tea by Ciaran Carson( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Shamrock Tea is an Irish drug that enables its users to see things not given to ordinary mortals. They can sense colours and sounds more vividly; they can penetrate the surface of paintings; they can cross time. The narrator, his cousin and a strange Belgian friend know that their lives are ruled mysteriously by the great van Eyck painting, The Arnolfini Portrait, and they have travelled in dream like moments through the painting into other times. They discover that each moment is connected to every other. But in the strange world of Shamrock Tea, no story can be straightforward. With a cast of characters that includes the gardener Ludwig Wittgenstein, this book will blow your mind
For all we know by Ciaran Carson( Book )

9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shortly after a man and a woman meet for the first time in a second-hand clothes shop in Belfast, a bomb goes off. It is some time in the 1970s. They become lovers. For All We Know is their story, told in the recent past: a meditation on love, place, memory, loss and language, how people know each other, misunderstand each other, or translate each other, not to mention the events and circumstances which are beyond their control." "Gesturing towards a conventional sonnet sequence - the poems consist of fourteen lines, or multiples thereof, in lines of fourteen syllables - Ciaran Carson's novelistic book also references film noir, Cold War thriller, fairy story, and the art of the fugue. In its uncanny music, repercussions and reprises, its mysterious unfolding of what happened or what might have been in Paris and Dresden (or was it Berlin?), For All We Know is a sequence of poems like nothing you've ever read before."--BOOK JACKET
Belfast confetti by Ciaran Carson( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Irish for no by Ciaran Carson( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera et cetera by Ciaran Carson( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The new estate by Ciaran Carson( Book )

7 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fishing for amber : a long story by Ciaran Carson( Book )

16 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fishing for Amber weaves Irish fairy tales, Ovid's Metamorphoses and the history of the Dutch Golden Age into the form of a magical alphabet." "The universal theme is that of transmutation, of the power of art: of light captured on canvas, experience immortalized in narrative. Stories branch infinitely into other stories, each connecting, each fishing for the truth. The central image of amber, of light or creatures captured in it, transformed by it, is sustained throughout the book. Carson triumphs over the distinction between fact and fiction in the sheer pleasure he takes in telling stories."--Jacket
Breaking news by Ciaran Carson( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected poems by Ciaran Carson( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

520 Ciaran Carson's 'Collected Poems', published on the occasion of his 60th birthday, gathers work from eight collections
Ciaran Carson : selected poems by Ciaran Carson( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The twelfth of never by Ciaran Carson( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First language : poems by Ciaran Carson( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Alexandrine plan : versions of sonnets by Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Rimbaud by Ciaran Carson( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The midnight court : a new translation of "Cúirt an mheán oíche" by Brian Merriman by Brian Merriman( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Master poet, storyteller and translator Ciaran Carson has great fun with this eighteenth-century erotic masterpiece, which deals with the topic of repression, sexual and otherwise. The Midnight Court has been called one of the greatest comic works of literature, and certainly the greatest comic poem ever written in Ireland. --Seán Ó TuamaThe story is an aisling--a Gaelic literary genre, in which a poet wanders and meets a beautiful fairy woman who is ultimately identified as Ireland herself, prophesying the return of her power--but this is an aisling stood on its head. As Carson explains: Merriman subverted all that. His fairy woman is not beautiful, but a threatening monster. The vision that she discloses is not of a future paradise, but a present reality ... The protagonists of the 'Court, ' including 'Merriman' himself, are ghosts, summoned into being by language; they are figments of the imagination. In the 'Court' the language itself is continually interrogated and Merriman is the great illusionist, continually spiriting words into another dimension. --Wake Forest University Press
On the night watch by Ciaran Carson( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The pen friend by Ciaran Carson( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'I write to try to see you as you were, or what you have become. You left no forwarding address: that was part of your intention. For when we wrote those letters to each other all those years ago, we wrote as much for ourselves as for each other.'" "More than twenty years after the end of their love affair, Gabriel receives a cryptic postcard from an old flame. It is the first of thirteen cards from her, each one provoking a series of reveries about their life and love in 1980s Belfast. The Pen Friend is, however, much more than a love story. As Gabriel teases out the significance of the cards, his reveries develop into richly textured meditations on writing, memory, spiritualism and surveillance." "The result is an intricate web of fact and fiction, a narrative that marries sharp historical insights with imaginative exuberance, a strange and wonderful novel that confirms Ciaran Carson as one of Ireland's most engaging and ingenious writers."--Jacket
In the light of : after Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud by Ciaran Carson( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's long since Ciaran Carson established his reputation as a masterful, protean poet and an adept, inventive translator. His versions of The Inferno of Dante Alighieri, The Táin and The Midnight Court are the yields of thrilling raids on other cultures, times and languages. The Alexandrine Plan (1988) included translations of sonnets by, among others, Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891). In the Light Of flourished from his response to an invitation to translate seven of Rimbaud's prose poems. The originals of these were collected in Illuminations, most of which first appeared in 1886 in the Symbo
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Alternative Names
Carson, Ciaran.

Carson, Ciaran 1948-

Ciaran Carson

Ciaran Carson nordirischer Schriftsteller und Übersetzer

Ciaran Carson Northern Irish writer

Ciaran Carson poeta irlandzki, prozaik, muzyk

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The inferno of Dante Alighieri : a new translationLast night's fun : in and out of time with Irish musicShamrock teaFor all we knowBelfast confettiThe Irish for noOpera et ceteraFishing for amber : a long story