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Lanark.

by GRAY, Alasdair

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1981. Edinburgh: Canongate Publishing, 1981. 8vo. Original black cloth, title gilt to spine, in decorative dust wrapper; pp. [viii], 561; minor enclosed tear to head of spine of wrapper; very light rubbing to top edge of wrapper; internally bright and clean, near fine. First edition, boldly signed by the author to the front free endpaper. A definitely-not-Glasgow surrealist dystopic nightmare with chapters in the wrong (or right) order depending on who you ask, an epilogue four chapters before the end, an implausible number of rampant orifices, which despite all this is actually rather good. Gray cites Kafka as a major influence on the atmosphere of the novel, as well as his own experiences in the media industry, with the labyrinthine buildings and individuals talking in jargon proving particularly memorable. It has become somewhat of a cult classic, with Anthony Burgess writing that Gray is "the best Scottish novelist since Walter Scott".

Synopsis

Lanark, a modern vision of hell set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw. A work of extraordinary, playful imagination, it conveys a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion is to go on trying. First published in 1981, Lanark immediately established Gray as one of Britain's leading writers, compared with - among others - Dante, Blake, Joyce, Orwell, Kafka, Huxley and Lewis Carroll. This new edition includes an introduction by William Boyd as well as the author's fascinating addendum, the 'Tailpiece' (2001).

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Henry Sotheran Ltd. GB (GB)
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Title
Lanark.
Author
GRAY, Alasdair
Book Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Date Published
1981

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