Hawkfall

By George Mackay Brown

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This collection of stories demonstrates the full range of George Mackay Brown's literary talent. All of these sharply-etched fables deal with his perennial themes - love, violence, death and rebirth - and are set in an Orcadian world that spans myth and reality, past and present.

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He was dead. The spirit of the Beloved One had gone on alone into the hall of death. His body was left to them for seven days yet so that they might give it a fitting farewell. Now it was time for it too to be sent after. The priests washed his old frail bluish body with water that had been drawn at sunrise. They arrayed him in his ceremonial vestments: the dyed woollen kirtle, the great gray cloak of wolfskin, the seelskin slippers. Across his breast they laid his whalebone bow, with seven arrows of larch. In his right hand they put the long oaken spear. The old mouth began to smile in its scant silken beard, perhaps because everything was being done well and according to the first writings. Now it was time. All was ready.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 31 Aug 2004
ISBN 9781904598183
Number of Pages 256

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'Incantatory but down-to-earth, profound and often funny' - Sunday Telegraph 'At his best, Brown is Brown is a prose Hopkins, concerned with inscape, landscape turned inside-out, the rhythms informing the shape of things we see' - Robert Nye, The Guardian 'what illuminates and pleases, apart from the speech of his characters and the poetic imagery, is the insight into people' Iain Crichton Smith - The Scotsman

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