Aiséirí by Alex Hijmans

By Alex Hijmans

Saighdiúr de chuid na cúise í Rebekka Vogelzang, bean óg as an Ísiltír a d’fhoghlaim Gaeilge agus í ag obair i dteach caife Gaelach i gcathair na Gaillimhe. Cuireann sí a croí agus a hanam isteach i ngach uile bhonnóg dá mbácáileann sí agus i ngach uile chupán coffee dá ndéanann sí, toisc cross dtuigeann sí pass bhfuil slánú na teanga ag brath air. Ach cé a shlánóidh Rebekka?

A novel written within the Irish language during which Rebekka Vogelzang, a tender Dutchwoman, is scuffling with to avoid wasting the Irish language, which she has learnt at the activity in an Irish-speaking cafe in Galway. She places her middle and soul into each scone she bakes and each cup of coffee she makes simply because she is aware the very salvation of the language is determined by it. yet who will keep Rebekka?

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And it turned out Archie was the first man over forty ever invited to join the commune; it turned out there had been talk for some time of the need for an older sexual presence to satisfy some of the more adventurous women. “Great,” said Archie. “Fantastic. ” He felt so close to them that he was confused when around midday their relationship suddenly soured, and he found himself stabbed by a hangover and knee-deep in an argument about World War II, of all things. “I don’t even know how we got into this,” groaned Wan-Si, who had covered up finally just when they decided to move indoors, Archie’s corduroy jacket slung round her petite shoulders.

They do not shimmer down staircases. They do not descend, as was once supposed, from on high, attached to nothing other than wings. Clara was from somewhere. She had roots. More specifically, she was from Lambeth (via Jamaica) and she was connected, through tacit adolescent agreement, to one Ryan Topps. Because before Clara was beautiful she was ugly. And before there was Clara and Archie there was Clara and Ryan. And there is no getting away from Ryan Topps. Just as a good historian need recognize Hitler’s Napoleonic ambitions in the east in order to comprehend his reluctance to invade the British in the west, so Ryan Topps is essential to any understanding of why Clara did what she did.

Was there anything else, Mr. Jones? But of course there bloody wasn’t anything else, the British education system having tripped him up with a snigger many years previously. Still, he had a good eye for the look of a thing, for the shape of a thing, and that’s how he had ended up in the job at MorganHero, twenty years and counting in a printing firm in the Euston Road, designing the way all kinds of things should be folded—envelopes, direct mail, brochures, leaflets—not much of an achievement, maybe, but you’ll find things need folds, they need to overlap, otherwise life would be like a broadsheet: flapping in the wind and down the street so you lose the important sections.

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