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Breogan’s Lighthouse : An Anthology of Galician Literature

Santos, Antonio Raul De Toro
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Francis Boutle Publishers
Published: September 9, 2010
ISBN: 9781903427514
654 pages

£25.00

Breogan’s Lighthouse is a comprehensive collection of nearly 300 texts in Galician, the language of the north-west of the Iberian peninsula, accompanied by new translations into English. From the flourishing literature of the Medieval period, including the Cantigas de amor, the Cantigas de amigo and the Cantigas de escarnho e maldizer, through the period of marginalisation between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries – the Dark Centuries – Breogans Lighthouse follows Galician literature to its recovery in the nineteenth century with selections from A Gaita Gallega (The Galician Pipes), the seminal collection of Xoan Manuel Pintos, and the works of Rosalia de Castro (Cantares Gallegos), Eduardo Pondal, Manuel Curros Enriquez and others. The anthology includes prose by Ramon Otero Pedrayo, Vicente Risco, Alfonso D. Rodriguez Castelao and Rafael Dieste from the Nos period, and writings of exile after the Spanish Civil War, when the Galician language and literature were erased at the stroke of the pen. Most importantly, Breogan’s Lighthouse includes many writings from the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, when the Galician language and literature acquired a new confidence

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