Sceon na Mara by Liam Ó Muirthile

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By Liam Ó Muirthile

Sceal bleachtaireachta e Sceon na Mara a bhaineann cross dluth leis an bhfarraige ar an gcosta thoir, agus a thugann leargas ar straice comhaimseartha de shaol na hEireann. Ta dunmharfoir ban amuigh ansin, e ag baint sasaimh as craos cortha a shamhlaiochta fein. No an bhfuil se inar measc fein? / An Irish-language novel within which a tender woman's physique is recovered from the ocean. different our bodies stick to, all girls, in a chain of ritualistic and macabre choices by way of a devious yet smart killer.

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Ricœur sums u p Hugo's project succinctly. Another aspect of the duty of memory is the debt that each of us and each society has toward the memory of those who have come before. Yet even the means by which a society remembers its victims can be abused by those who have the power to control those means. A "frenzy of commemoration" (MHF, 90) can take the place of a thoughtful and comprehensive system of remembrance by replacing a national, historical remembrance understood by all with a fragmented, local and cultural system of commemoration.

History naturally outlasts individual memory, and so the distinction between primary and secondary memory becomes that much more important when talking about the writing of history. As the actual memory of an event fades, the written record describing the event takes the place of memory. It has its own present (the moment of writing) that will recede into memory, but the written record will remain. The point of view of the historian, who wrote the account during his present moment, will be a matter of discussion, disagreement, and revision, as future generations read the written account, but the record will still exist.

Hugo is obviously a man who said " n o " to the regime of Louis-Napoléon and who took it upon himself to make sure that his refusal was heard by the greatest number of people. The enemy of memory is always forgetting, a topic I will discuss in the conclusion. It is important to mention it here, however, because it is one of the primary motivating factors for the formation of the archives of a society. We remember in order not to forget (MHF, 27). This is true for the individual as well as the society in which he lives.

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