Pharaoh’s Daughter


Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Bilingual (Translations by thirteen writers)

Available in Paperback only

Pharaoh’s Daughter presents forty-five of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill’s remarkable poems with translations into English by thirteen of Ireland’s most eminent writers. It, and the other bilingual titles originated and published first by The Gallery Press (The Astrakhan Cloak and The Water Horse), secured her reputation in Ireland and paved the way for her current international profile.

This collection testifies to a good-natured conspiracy on the part of certain Irish poets to present one of their number to a wider audience… in her hands, the language takes on an elan and flexibility which are thoroughly inspiring — and she has been well-served by her translators, who’ve all kept in mind the exacting balance between fidelity and inventiveness which makes for effective translation.

— Patricia Craig, TLS

Gutsy, meaty, sensuous, wry, wicked and far from precious.
There is a quite extraordinary symbiosis going on here between languages, writers and sexes.

— Books Ireland

Marks the absolute centrality of her achievement
. . . the poems flow from a source, of awareness, presence, collectedness . . . Nuala’s translators are, on the whole, outstanding: the perspicacity of Muldoon, the relaxed authority of Carson, the fineness of McGuckian, the exact attention of Longley.

— Robert Welch, Poetry Ireland Review

A rich, multi-faceted collection that does justice
to what is most attractive in Ní Dhomhnaill’s work — the unique mixture of sensuality and humour. She can be fabulously funny as she slips in and out of her mythic roles.

— Brendan Kennelly, Sunday Independent

She has been well and truly heanied, muldooned, mahoned, carsonised and hartnettified by her translators so that we never step into the same Nuala twice. This is it.

— Alan Titley, Books Ireland

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

— Tom Paulin, Independent on Sunday Books of the Year

Year Published: 1990. Reprinted: 1991, 1994,1997, 2001.
Reset and reprinted: 2007. Reprinted: 2019.
Details: 160pp
ISBN PBK: 978 1 85235 056 7

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