Lanark: A Life in Four Books (Google eBook)

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Canongate Books, May 31, 2007 - Fiction - 592 pages
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Lanark, a modern vision of hell set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw. A work of extraordinary, playful imagination, it conveys a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion is to go on trying. First published in 1981, Lanark immediately established Gray as one of Britain's leading writers, compared with - among others - Dante, Blake, Joyce, Orwell, Kafka, Huxley and Lewis Carroll. This new edition includes an introduction by William Boyd as well as the author's fascinating addendum, the 'Tailpiece' (2001).

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User Review  - Monthly Book Group - Goodreads

So what did the Group make of “Lanark”? The discussion revealed a large number of contradictory views, and there was no real movement towards consensus. So a confusing – if not confused – discussion ... Read full review

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User Review  - Owain Lewis - Goodreads

It's kinda hard to nail a book like this down in one pithy paragraph. The Scope and vision of Gray's first novel evades any kind of reductive approach. So let's just say it's a cracker, a postmodern ... Read full review

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Thirty years in the writing and published in 1981, Lanark: A Life in Four Books was Alasdair Gray's first novel. Since then he has published twenty books, most of them novels and short stories. In his own words, 'Alasdair Gray is a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glaswegian pedestrian who has mainly lived by writing and designing books, most of them fiction.'

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