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Ursceilin e seo a chaitheas suil ar an tSlaivein, tir bheag shamhailteach in Oirthear na hEorpa. Chonaic muintir na tire seo an tUileloscadh agus an Stailineachas, ach nior briseadh a meanma na a misneach faoi bhru na staire granna seo fein. Anois, afach, gheal la na saoirse agus d'imigh scail an tSoiveadachais, ach thainig gearcheim nua ag bagairt ar an tir on taobh istigh. Fear og iogair e Adam Jokamies a thainig i gcrann i gCrioch Lochlann, beag beann ar an gcineal cruatan a ndeachaigh muintir na Slaiveine trid. D'fhag an tSlaivein faoi dhraiocht e, afach, agus e ag tabhairt aghaidhe ar an tir anois le teanga na tire a fhoghlaim. Ta an t-ursceal seo ag cur thar maoil le cultur agus le cuimhni cinn Oirthear na hEorpa, rud is annamh a d'fheicfea i litriocht na Gaeilge. Ach is sceal gra e chomh maith, agus e ar na cinn is earotai sa teanga. --- This novella is set in Slavenia, a small imaginary country in Eastern Europe. Although its inhabitants experienced both the Holocaust and Stalinism, their spirit and courage remained unbroken. Slavenia is now a free and independent country, but a new internal crisis seems to threaten the fledging democracy. The hero, Adam Jokamies, a sensitive young man from Scandinavia, is unaware of the great hardship the Slavenians have suffered in the recent past. He is nonetheless so entranced by Slavenia and its distinctive character, that he has come to the country to learn its language. Unusually for Irish literature, the culture of Eastern Europe and the history of the region are everywhere in this book. The novella is also, however, a love story and indeed one of the most erotic tales ever written in modern Irish.