Synopses & Reviews
He is called "the Scottish Celine of the 1990s" () and "a mad, postmodern Roald Dahl" (). Using a range of approaches from bitter realism to demented fantasy, Irvine Welsh is able to evoke the essential humanity, well hidden as it is, of his generally depraved, lazy, manipulative, and vicious characters. He specializes particularly in cosmic reversals--God turn a hapless footballer into a fly; an acid head and a newborn infant exchange consciousnesses with sardonically unexpected results--always displaying a corrosive wit and a telling accuracy of language and detail. Irvine Welsh is one hilariously dangerous writer who always creates a sensation.
"I liked The Acid House immensely. Irvine Welsh is the real thing a marvelous admixture of nihilism and heartbreak, pinpoint realism (especially in dialect and tone), and an archetypal universality." David Foster Wallace
"Like a master pocket billiards player, Irvine Welsh, with smooth, gliding strokes and a shark-like humor, sinks a rack of short stories one by one." Jim Carroll
"[O]ne of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit, and force, and in a voice which those alienated by much current fiction clearly want to hear." Times Literary Supplement
" says Fiona when she flips on the light in Keith's tank. Keith has no body, but his brain is alive. and what about you, dear reader? Heads up, because here is Irvine Welsh and , a collection of brilliant energy. These stories both challenge and illuminate the darkest of human experience, leavening horror with humor and a sudden, sly compassion." Kathryn Harrison, author of Exposure
"Like a master pocket billiards player, Irvine Welsh, with smooth, gliding strokes and a shard-like humor, sinks a rack of short stories one by one, with chaotic caroms, double banks, and, most of all, extraordinary uses of tricky English." Jim Carroll, author of The Basketball Diaries
"Superb. Amis and Donleavy have at last found a rightful heir." Terry Southern, author of Candy
Irvine Welsh rocked these shores with his mind-bending novel Trainspotting. In Acid House, his first collection of stories, he moves from bitter realism to demented fantasy, evoking the essential humanity, well hidden as it is, of his generally depraved, lazy, manipulative, and vicious characters. He specializes particularly in cosmic reversals God turns a hapless footballer into a fly; an acid head and a newborn infant exchange consciousness with sardonically unexpected results always displaying a corrosive wit and a telling accuracy of language and detail.
Irvine Welsh's scintillating, disturbing, and altogether outrageous collection of stories--the basis for the 1998 cult movie directed by Paul McGuigan.
About the Author
IRVINE WELSH is the author of Trainspotting, Marabou Stork Nightmares, Ecstasy, Filth, and Glue. He lives in London and Edinburgh.