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Alistair MacLeod – Slán

April 23, 2014

Alistair MacLeod

Alistair MacLeod

I’ve only just found out that this dear man died at the weekend.
Alistair MacLeod – a great writer; admired and loved.

No Great Mischief is a book that broke my heart…in the best possible way. It is a book of family, clannishness, connections, understandings beyond words. Being Irish, it was easy to understand the Nova Scotia/Scots Gaelic that peppered the work. I became the book’s John the Baptist. I pressed it on all comers. No one was safe.

I think of MacLeod as Nova Scotia’s McGahern. No doubt people more qualified than I will have something to say about that. Nevertheless, the two authors rest side by side on my book shelf.

I was fortunate to meet Mr MacLeod at the Dublin Writers’ Festival in 2007.  He was standing in a corner, unnoticed, waiting for another writer’s session to begin. We exchanged smiles, a few quiet words, and he signed my battered copy of No Great Mischief

A lovely man, gone too early.

Slán is beannacht, is solas síoraí ar a anam uasal.

This is a link to a Canadian response to his death.

No Great Mischief

No Great Mischief

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