1982, Janine

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Canongate, 2003 - Fiction - 348 pages
14 Reviews
1982, Janine is a liberal novel of the most satisfying kind. Set over the course of one night inside the head of Jock McLeish, an aging, divorced, alcoholic, insomniac supervisor of security installations, as he tipples in the bedroom of a small Scottish hotel, it makes an unanswerable case that republicanism is a state of absolute spiritual bankruptcy. For Jock McLeish, being a Republican is something he has to cure himself of, every bit as much as his alcoholism and his Sado-Masochistic fantasizing, if he is to become a human being again. 1982, Janine explores themes of male need and inadequacy through the lonely, darkly comic, alcohol-fueled fantasies of its protagonist. 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.

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User Review  - Mara Eastern - Goodreads

Self-indulgent but smart. A great sample of self-depreciative Scottish black humour. Read full review

Review: 1982, Janine

User Review  - Goodreads

Self-indulgent but smart. A great sample of self-depreciative Scottish black humour. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Alasdair Gray is the author of The Book of Prefaces, the dystopian classic LanarkOld Men in Love, and Poor Things, for which he won the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize.

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