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Lanark Alasdair Gray

Lanark By Alasdair Gray

Lanark by Alasdair Gray

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'The best Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott' ANTHONY BURGESS. The cornerstone epic, introduced by William Boyd

Lanark Summary

Lanark: A Life in Four Books by Alasdair Gray

'Probably the greatest novel of the century' Observer
'Remarkable' William Boyd

Lanark, a modern vision of hell, is set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, and tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide range, its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion to go on trying.

First published in 1981, Lanark immediately established Gray as one of Britain's leading writers.

Lanark Reviews

I was absolutely knocked out by Lanark. I think it's the best in Scottish literature this century -- Iain Banks
Probably the greatest novel of the century . . . it marked the beginning of a new era -- James Campbell * * Observer * *
It was time Scotland produced a shattering work of fiction in the modern idiom. This is it . . . [Gray is] the best Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott -- Anthony Burgess
When dawn comes up and retires in dismay, we find ourselves in the presence of an overpowering surreal imagination. A saga of a city where reality is about as reliable as a Salvador Dali watch -- Brian Aldiss
A quite extraordinary achievement, the most remarkable thing in Scottish fiction for a very long time. It has changed the landscape -- Allan Massie * * The Scotsman * *
Undoubtedly the best work of fiction written by a Scottish author for decades * * Time Out * *
Remarkable. . . Lanark is a work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches -- William Boyd * * Times Literary Supplement * *
From a lesser writer, stygian darkness and baroque structure might see off a mass audience and reduce a book to cult status. In Gray's hands, the simple, direct prose found him a wide readership. * * The Times * *
Lanark, the first novel and arguably the masterpiece of [Gray] gouges a dwelling place in your imagination and leaves it forever altered . . . Knocks the socks off almost everything written on this little island in the past fifty years . . . It increases the scope of fiction's possibilities * * Independent * *
A phantasmagorical mixture of realism and fantasy * * The List * *
In some ways it's even more relevant today. It's such an elaborate work of both fantasy and political satire, a sort of Gulliver's Travels for 20th Century Scotland * * Scotland on Sunday * *

About Alasdair Gray

Born in 1934, Alasdair Gray graduated in design and mural painting from the Glasgow School of Art. Since 1981, when Lanark was published by Canongate, he authored, designed and illustrated seven novels, several books of short stories, a collection of his stage, radio and TV plays and a book of his visual art, A Life in Pictures. In November 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement award by the Saltire Society. He died in December 2019, aged eighty-five.

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Lanark: A Life in Four Books by Alasdair Gray
Used - Very Good
Canongate Books Ltd
Winner of Saltire Society Scottish Fiction Book of the Year 1982 (UK)
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