This marvelous book opens a window upon the complex beauties and tragedies of one of Europe’s least-understood cultures: but far more importantly still, it is a great and lasting work of art—a masterpiece from someone else’s world.

—Jan Morris

Available February 1, 1997

One Moonlit Night

Fiction by Caradog Prichard

Caradog Prichard’s One Moonlit Night, first published in 1961, is a Welsh literary masterpiece: “one of the most impressive novels to be published in Wales since the Second World War” (The Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales). Just recently translated from the Welsh into English, One Moonlit Night recalls the pathos and beauty of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood. Told from the standpoint of a compassionate young boy coming of age in a small North Welsh village, much of the novel is autobiographical: the author’s hometown, Bethesda, a childhood under the shadow of World War I, the boy’s depressed, ailing mother and his heartbreaking empathy for her. The novel is told with a remarkable shifting between formal narrative and local dialect, the young narrator recounting moments in his life with poetic language and tenderness. But it is with a catastrophic act of madness that the novel culminates, carried out, in the words of H. Pritchard Jones, “to the accompaniment of a De Profundis-like psalm, an invocation of all the mother figures in the narrator’s own life.”

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Paperback (published February 1, 1997)

ISBN
9780811213424
Price US
12.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
192

Caradog Prichard

20th Century Welsh Novelist

This marvelous book opens a window upon the complex beauties and tragedies of one of Europe’s least-understood cultures: but far more importantly still, it is a great and lasting work of art—a masterpiece from someone else’s world.

—Jan Morris