Introduced by Will Self. An unforgettably challenging book about power and powerlessness, men and women, masters and servants, small countries and big countries, Alasdair Gray’s exploration of the politics of pornography has lost none of its power to shock. 1982, Janine is a searing portrait of male need and inadequacy, as explored via the lonely sexual fantasies of Jock McLeish, failed husband, lover and businessman. Yet there is hope here, too, and the humour, imaginative and textual energy of the narrative achieves its own kind of redemption in the end. ‘A great writer, perhaps the greatest living in Britain today.’ Will Self ‘1982, Janine has a verbal energy, an intensity of vision that has mostly been missing from the English novel since D.H. Lawrence.’ New York Times ‘Made me realise that contemporary fiction would still be a vivid and vital way of interpreting the world . . . 1982, Janine revived my flagging impetus to continue writing myself.’ Jonathan Coe ‘Alasdair Gray is that rather rare bird among contemporary British writers—a genuine experimentalist . . . The influence of James Joyce, and . . . Laurence Stern, is very evident, but Gray does not seem merely derivative from these masters. He is very much his own man.’ David Lodge
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1.99 Selected Stories AKHA ALAN ALAN ALAN Alasdair Gray ISBN BIG MOMMA BINKIE BINKIE BINKIE Book of Prefaces Catherine Carswell ISBN CHAPTER COMPANY THE COMPANY critics CUPID David Lindsay ISBN DENNY DENNY DENNY DREAMS POWER DREAMS EDINBURGH Emma Tennant Eric Linklater ISBN George Douglas Brown Glasgow Gunn ISBN head HELEN HELGA Hugo imaginings inside James Hogg ISBN James Kelman James Kennaway James McBey Jane Russell Janine JM Barrie Jock McLeish John Buchan ISBN John Galt ISBN Lanark Lewis Grassic Gibbon Louis Stevenson ISBN man’s McLeish’s dream women McLeish’s fantasies mother Muir ISBN Naomi Mitchison Naomi Mitchison ISBN Neil never OFVOICES THE MINISTRY once penis penis-envy pornographic Publishers Group West reader REAL SEX REAL Robert Louis Stevenson Robin Jenkins ISBN Scotland Scots Scott ISBN sexual short stories Shorter Scottish Fiction Sontag Sunset Song SUPERB typographical voice wanted woman writer Ye bugger