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Lanark: A Life in Four Books

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Staff Pick

Lanark's eponymous character is a resident of Unthank, a dark, nearly deserted city, whose residents live in constant fear of disease and abduction by unknown forces. This novel is a successful fusion of Joyce, Dante and William Blake, wrapped up in a way that anybody who has been scared of reading Gray's literary antecedents can find accessible.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Lanark's eponymous character is a resident of Unthank, a dark, nearly deserted city, whose residents live in constant fear of disease and abduction by unknown forces. This novel is a successful fusion of Joyce, Dante and William Blake, wrapped up in a way that anybody who has been scared of reading Gray's literary antecedents can find accessible.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From its first publication in 1981, Lanark was hailed as a masterpiece and it has come to be widely regarded as the most remarkable and influential Scottish novel of the second half of the twentieth century. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide-ranging concerns, its playful narrative conveys at its core a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion to go on trying. With its echoes of Dante, Blake, Joyce, Kafka, and Lewis Carroll, Lanark has been published all over the world and to unanimous acclaim. This edition marks the novel's return to its original publisher and features a superb new introduction by the award-winning novelist Janice Galloway, and the author's Tailpiece, a fascinating addendum to the novel. "It was time Scotland produced a shattering work of fiction in the modern idiom. This is it." — Anthony Burgess "Alasdair Gray is one of the most important living writers in English." — Stephen Bernstein, The New York Times Book Review "Remarkable ... Lanark is a work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches." — William Boyd, The Times Literary Supplement (London) "Undoubtedly the best work of fiction written by a Scottish author for decades." — Time Out (London) "A quite extraordinary achievement, the most remarkable thing in Scottish fiction for a very long time." — The Scotsman

Review:

"This novel is a successful fusion of elements from The Divine Comedy, Ulysses, and the illustrations of William Blake, wrapped up in a way that anybody who has been scared of reading Gray's literary antecedents can find accessible. While Gray employs an arsenal of modernist literary tricks (starting the novel with Book Three, imaginative use of typeface, illustrations that parody those in political and religious texts and best of all, the critic-silencing "Index of Plagiarisms") it's his humor and his honesty that make this work resonate." Gerry Donaghy, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Review:

"It was time Scotland produced a shattering work of fiction in the modern idiom. This is it." Anthony Burgess

Review:

"Alasdair Gray is one of the most important living writers in English." Stephen Bernstein, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Remarkable...Lanark is a work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches." William Boyd, The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Review:

"Undoubtedly the best work of fiction written by a Scottish author for decades." Time Out (London)

Review:

"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

Review:

"I was absolutely knocked out by Lanark. I think it's the best in Scottish literature this century." Iain Banks

Review:

"An ambitious and marvellously inventive novel." Malcolm Bradbury

Synopsis:

This work, originally published in 1981, has been hailed as the most influential Scottish novel of the second half of the 20th century. Its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, personal and political, about humankind's inability to love and yet our compulsion to go on trying.

Synopsis:

From its first publication in 1981, Lanark was hailed as a masterpiece and it has come to be widely regarded as the most remarkable and influential Scottish novel of the second half of the twentieth century. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide-ranging concerns, its playful narrative conveys at its core a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion to go on trying.

With its echoes of Dante, Blake, Joyce, Kafka, and Lewis Carroll, Lanark has been published all over the world and to unanimous acclaim. This edition marks the novel's return to its original publisher and features a superb new introduction by the award-winning novelist Janice Galloway, and the author's Tailpiece, a fascinating addendum to the novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781841951836
Subtitle:
A Life in Four Books
Introduction:
Galloway, Janice
Author:
Gray, Alasdair
Author:
Galloway, Janice
Publisher:
Canongate U.S.
Location:
Edinburgh
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Glasgow
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
Science / General
Series Volume:
[109]
Publication Date:
20020916
Binding:
TP
Language:
English
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
7.20x5.64x1.44 in. 1.00 lbs.

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Product details 560 pages Canongate Pub. - English 9781841951836 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Lanark's eponymous character is a resident of Unthank, a dark, nearly deserted city, whose residents live in constant fear of disease and abduction by unknown forces. This novel is a successful fusion of Joyce, Dante and William Blake, wrapped up in a way that anybody who has been scared of reading Gray's literary antecedents can find accessible.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Lanark's eponymous character is a resident of Unthank, a dark, nearly deserted city, whose residents live in constant fear of disease and abduction by unknown forces. This novel is a successful fusion of Joyce, Dante and William Blake, wrapped up in a way that anybody who has been scared of reading Gray's literary antecedents can find accessible.

"Review" by , "This novel is a successful fusion of elements from The Divine Comedy, Ulysses, and the illustrations of William Blake, wrapped up in a way that anybody who has been scared of reading Gray's literary antecedents can find accessible. While Gray employs an arsenal of modernist literary tricks (starting the novel with Book Three, imaginative use of typeface, illustrations that parody those in political and religious texts and best of all, the critic-silencing "Index of Plagiarisms") it's his humor and his honesty that make this work resonate." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "It was time Scotland produced a shattering work of fiction in the modern idiom. This is it."
"Review" by , "Alasdair Gray is one of the most important living writers in English."
"Review" by , "Remarkable...Lanark is a work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches."
"Review" by , "Undoubtedly the best work of fiction written by a Scottish author for decades."
"Review" by , "A quite extraordinary achievement, the most remarkable thing in Scottish fiction for a very long time. It has changed the landscape."
"Review" by , "I was absolutely knocked out by Lanark. I think it's the best in Scottish literature this century."
"Review" by , "An ambitious and marvellously inventive novel."
"Synopsis" by , This work, originally published in 1981, has been hailed as the most influential Scottish novel of the second half of the 20th century. Its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, personal and political, about humankind's inability to love and yet our compulsion to go on trying.
"Synopsis" by , From its first publication in 1981, Lanark was hailed as a masterpiece and it has come to be widely regarded as the most remarkable and influential Scottish novel of the second half of the twentieth century. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide-ranging concerns, its playful narrative conveys at its core a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion to go on trying.

With its echoes of Dante, Blake, Joyce, Kafka, and Lewis Carroll, Lanark has been published all over the world and to unanimous acclaim. This edition marks the novel's return to its original publisher and features a superb new introduction by the award-winning novelist Janice Galloway, and the author's Tailpiece, a fascinating addendum to the novel.

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