Lanark: A Life in Four Books

Lanark: A Life in Four Books

by Alasdair Gray
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 collector's edition — deluxe four-volume slipcased and numbered — marks the novel's return to its original publisher and features a superb new introduction by the award-winning novelist Janice Galloway. In addition, it includes the author's Tailpiece, a fascinating addendum to the novel.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Probably the greatest novel of the century . . . it marked the beginning of a new era." —Observer

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

"I was absolutely knocked out by Lanark. I think it's the best in Scottish literature this century." —Iain Banks, author, The Wasp Factory

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841951836
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
573
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.44(d)

Meet the Author


Alasdair Gray has published 20 books, most of them novels and short stories. In his own words, "Alasdair Gray is a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glaswegian pedestrian who has mainly lived by writing and designing books, most of them fiction." William Boyd is an award-winning novelist whose works include Any Human Heart, Restless, and Waiting for Sunrise.

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