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Publisher Comments:

Chosen by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 1995, this Scottish novel takes a savagely uncompromising and unsentimental look at the true nature of love and friendship in a city that, like its troubled characters, has lost all its old certainties. Kevin Previn returns to his native Glasgow after an absence of ten years, his homecoming prompted by the death of a friend and mentor, junkie writer Mike Illingworth, author of The Book of Man. Previn believes he's trawling the streets of Glasgow in order to make sense of his old friend's troubled life and death — but he's on a personal journey, a quest to understand his own childhood brutalities and lost loves. Past and present become one as Previn discovers what he has really left behind.

Review:

"Researching a television project about his former friend and writer Mike Illingworth, London-based playwright and performance artist Kevin Previn returns to Glasgow, where his abusive childhood and subsequent years of decadence flood his memory. The recent death of Illingworth, a junkie and a victim of AIDS, leaves a hole in Kevin's life and prompts numerous questions about his own drug-filled, promiscuous past as well as his lost hope, love, and sense of identity. Graham deftly portrays a decaying city and culture. This is a bleak present filled with postpunk notions: cocaine and heroin addiction, welfare living, alcoholism, and general apathy. Graham's words are raw and gritty, and his observations unrelenting and brutally honest. Though this may be considered counterculture to some, The Book of Man is sadly real and deeply poignant. It is a book about strange friendship, youthful freedoms, perpetuated cycles of abuse, and the ripples of violence flowing through every level of society. Moreover, this book is about identifying our demons and accepting what role we play in their creation." Booklist

Review:

"Haunting and evocative, The Book of Man resonates with the redemptive power art has over life" Irvine Welsh

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"One of the real literary finds" Details

Product Details

ISBN:
9781466223585
Author:
Graham, Barry
Publisher:
Barry Graham Books
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2nd
Publication Date:
August 19, 2011
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6

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Product details 176 pages Barry Graham Books - English 9781466223585 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Researching a television project about his former friend and writer Mike Illingworth, London-based playwright and performance artist Kevin Previn returns to Glasgow, where his abusive childhood and subsequent years of decadence flood his memory. The recent death of Illingworth, a junkie and a victim of AIDS, leaves a hole in Kevin's life and prompts numerous questions about his own drug-filled, promiscuous past as well as his lost hope, love, and sense of identity. Graham deftly portrays a decaying city and culture. This is a bleak present filled with postpunk notions: cocaine and heroin addiction, welfare living, alcoholism, and general apathy. Graham's words are raw and gritty, and his observations unrelenting and brutally honest. Though this may be considered counterculture to some, The Book of Man is sadly real and deeply poignant. It is a book about strange friendship, youthful freedoms, perpetuated cycles of abuse, and the ripples of violence flowing through every level of society. Moreover, this book is about identifying our demons and accepting what role we play in their creation."
"Review" by , "Haunting and evocative, The Book of Man resonates with the redemptive power art has over life"
"Review" by , "One of the real literary finds"
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