Flickering Star

Robert Crawford

  • The Leaf and the Marble by Iain Crichton Smith
    Carcanet, 80 pp, £6.95, October 1998, ISBN 1 85754 400 5

Smile at that tiny poem and it will sparkle back at you. It is a novel the size of an egg-cup. The first in a sequence of individually numbered ‘Gaelic Stories’, its strength lies in mischievous enjambments. Others that follow confine in very few words life-dramas that have a humorous patina, yet could tilt toward the tragic:

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