Lanark: A Life in Four Books (Main - Canons Re-Issue)

Alasdair Gray (Author) William Boyd (Introduction by)
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'Probably the greatest novel of the century' Observer

'Remarkable . . . A work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches' WILLIAM BOYD

Lanark, a modern vision of hell, is set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, and tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide range, its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind's inability to love, and yet our compulsion to go on trying.

First published in 1981, Lanark immediately established Gray as one of Britain's leading writers.

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$16.00  $14.72
Canongate Books
Publish Date
October 03, 2017
5.0 X 1.5 X 7.7 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Since 1981, when Lanark was published by Canongate, Alasdair Gray has published twenty 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.'


It was time Scotland produced a shattering work of fiction in the modern idiom. This is it . . . [Gray is] the best Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott--Anthony Burgess
Remarkable. . . Lanark is a work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches--William Boyd "Times Literary Supplement "
Probably the greatest novel of the century . . . it marked the beginning of a new era--James Campbell "Observer "
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 "
I was absolutely knocked out by Lanark. I think it's the best in Scottish literature this century--Iain Banks
When dawn comes up and retires in dismay, we find ourselves in the presence of an overpowering surreal imagination. A saga of a city where reality is about as reliable as a Salvador Dali watch--Brian Aldiss