1982, Janine

1982, Janine

by Alasdair Gray, Will Self
     
 

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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. This is a searing portrait of male need and inadequacy, as explored via the lonely sexual fantasies of Jock McLeish, failed

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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. This is a searing portrait of male need and inadequacy, as explored via the lonely sexual fantasies of Jock McLeish, failed husband, lover, and businessman.Yet there is hope here, and the humor—if black—and the imaginative and textual energy of the narrative achieves its own kind of redemption in the end.

Editorial Reviews

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"Has a verbal energy, an intensity of vision that has mostly been missing from the English novel since D. H. Lawrence.”  —New York Times

"A great writer, perhaps the greatest living in Britain today."  —Will Self, author, The Book of Dave

“Made me realise that contemporary fiction could still be a vivid and vital way of interpreting the world . . . 1982 Janine revived my flagging impetus to continue writing fiction myself."  —Jonathon Coe, author, The Rotters' Club

“A genuine experimentalist . . . The influence of James Joyce, and . . . Laurence Sterne, is very evident, but Gray does not seem merely derivative from these masters. He is very much his own man."  —David Lodge, author, Deaf Sentence

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841953465
Publisher:
Canongate UK
Publication date:
06/10/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,192,152
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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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