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Introduced by John Herdman. And the Cock Crew offers one of the most powerful and searching examinations of the Highland Clearances to be found in modern Scottish literature. Written during the 1930s and published in 1945, Fionn MacColla's finest book maintains that the roots of all social change are to be found not in so-called 'economic causes', but deep in the human heart. This searching and passionate novel, with its philosophical understanding of the dangers of the will to power and its passionate advocacy of old Gaelic ways, takes the familiar themes of freedom, obedience and dispossession beyond the Clearances themselves and into the realms of the spirit. In prose style burning with the felt immediacy of the hills and glens in which the book is set, And the Cock Crew revolves around the central encounter between Fearchar the Gaelic poet, who speaks for tradition and continuity, and Maighstir Sachairi, the minister who heralds a more modern world of control, submission and absolute necessity. At last available in print again, Fionn MacColla's best-known novel has lost none of its power to challenge and disturb. 'To read this moving narrative is to understand the deeper emotions behind devolution.' Financial Times 'Here is true Gaelic poetry set in beautiful forms, here is a tale too fascinating to be put down easily or forgotten readily, here is a work of art so deeply moving that tears are often near the surface.' Methodist Recorder

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