My Twentieth-Century Night-Life
About the book…
Padraic Fiacc has remained one of the most controversial figures in Irish literature. A modernist poet who paradoxically was steeped in the proverbial world of the Celtic Twilight.
But despite writing poetry from a young age, it is his writing on the Troubles on which his reputation rests. His collections By the Black Stream (1969) Odour of Blood (1986) and Missa Terriblis (1986) were a direct affront to the brutality and terror that was engulfing Northern Irish society at the time.
These plus his highly contentious The Wearing of the Black 1974 made him vulnerable to criticism but there is no doubt that his poetry added to the debate on the part poetry has to play within wartime.
My Twentieth Century Nightlife provides a valuable insight into Fiacc’s achievements in a fuller social, political and literary context. Gathering together original pieces of Fiacc’s work including his much vaunted autobiographical writings Hell’s Kitchen and Atlantic Crossing. The miscellany also includes critical and artistic responses to his work, and is a testament to a much undervalued presence in Northern Irish poetry.