Ymbelydredd (Radiation)

Winner of the Daniel Owen Memorial Prize

When a young man from a small town in rural north-west Wales has to spend six weeks in Manchester undergoing radiotherapy to treat a tumour, his hospital treatment is only one of the challenges he faces. For all his fluent English, smart-phone and savvy use of social media, he finds the gap between the two worlds overwhelming. Brutally exiled from a familiar, Welsh-speaking community to a vast English city, from home with his wife and baby to lonely, cheap hotel rooms, he must learn to navigate his strange new environment geographically, socially and linguistically. His very identity is destabilised, and as he begins to define himself by his anonymising hospital number, concealing his Welsh name which nobody can pronounce, he finds himself behaving in surprising, transgressive ways and becomes involved with an increasingly menacing group of rough-sleeping anarchists. When he finally returns home at the end of his treatment this episode in his life is not concluded: the continuing effects of radiotherapy are not the only legacy and the city retains a threatening hold on him.

Winner of the fiction prize at the 2016 National Eisteddfod, Ymbelydredd is Guto Dafydd’s second, ground-breaking novel. Inspired by the author’s own experiences, it explores with great sensitivity concepts of identity and self-perception, of normality and disfigurement.

Adolygiadau

  • 'Nofel arbennig iawn gan awdur talentog, medrus. Mae’r disgrifiadau o’r therapi’n taro deuddeg yn ddi-ffael – yn boenus felly. Mae yma ysgrifennu godidog drwy gydol y nofel, a chefais fy swyno gan y darnau bychain a ddaw rhwng y penodau hynny sydd wedi eu gosod ym Manceinion a’r ysbyty. Mae hon yn nofel wych, ac mae’r awdur i’w ganmol, nid lleiaf oherwydd iddo lwyddo i osgoi unrhyw sentimentalrwydd a fuasai wedi baglu nifer o awduron llai medrus. Ac mae’r frawddeg olaf un yn ysgytwol o annisgwyl.'

    Gareth F Williams

  • 'Nofel soffistigedig ar y naw, sy’n llawn dop o syniadau gyda phleserau mawr i’w cael ar bron bob tudalen. Dyma awdur gyda doniau digamsyniol o ran iaith a dychymyg ond mae hefyd yn cynnig gwaith deallusol grymus, sy’n atgoffa dyn o awduron o ganoldir Ewrop megis Ivan Klíma, Elias Canetti neu Italo Calvino. Mae’n chwareus – ond mae’n chwarae’n glyfar ac yn ddyfeisgar.'

    Jon Gower

Guto Dafydd

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Manylion cyhoeddi:

Ymbelydredd (Radiation)
Y Lolfa (2016)

288pp

Hawliau cyfieithu:

Garmon Gruffudd
Y Lolfa, Talybont
Ceredigion, Wales / UK

garmon@ylolfa.com
www.ylolfa.com