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by Alasdair Gray

Dystopian Fiction eBooks of the Month Modern and Contemporary Fiction

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With an introduction by William Boyd  who says, 'Lanark will leave its trace on your life', this is 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. Widely recognised as a modern classic, Alasdair Gray's magnum opus was first published in 1981 and immediately established him as one of Britain's leading writers. Comparisons have been made to Dante, Blake, Joyce, Orwell, Kafka, Huxley and Lewis Carroll. This timely new edition should cement his reputation as one of our greatest living writers.

Sarah Broadhurst

Lanark Synopsis

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.

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Lanark Press Reviews

'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

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ISBN: 9781841959078
Publication date: 31/05/2007
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781841959078
Publication date: 31st May 2007
Author: Alasdair Gray
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Dystopian Fiction, eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,

About Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray is an old asthmatic Glaswegian who lives by painting, writing and book design. In addition to Lanark, he is author of Unlikely Stories Mostly, 1982 Janine, The Fall of Kelvin Walker, Lean Tales (with James Kelman and Agnes Owens), Old Negatives (verse), McGrotty & Ludmilla, Something Leather, Why Scots Should Rule Scotland, Poor Things, The Ends of our Tethers and A Life in Pictures.   Author illustration © Alasdair Gray

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