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1982, Janine by Alasdair Gray, Will Self


1982, Janine by Alasdair Gray, Will Self

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. 1982 Janine 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 humour (if black) and the imaginative and textual energy of the narrative achieves its own kind of redemption in the end.


A great writer, perhaps the greatest living in Britain today. -- Will Self 1982, Janine has a verbal energy, an intensity of vision that has mostly been missing from the English novel since D.H. Lawrence. * * New York Times * * Made me realise that contemporary fiction would still be a vivid and vital way of interpreting the world . . . 1982, Janine revived my flagging impetus to continue writing myself. -- Jonathan Coe Alasdair Gray is that rather rare bird among contemporary British writers-a genuine experimentalist . . . The influence of James Joyce, and . . . Laurence Stern, is very evident, but Gray does not seem merely derivative from these masters. He is very much his own man. -- David Lodge

About the Author

Alasdair Gray is an old, asthmatic Glaswegian who lives by painting, writing and book design. He is currently working on a book about his visual art, A Life in Pictures, copiously illustrated, to be published by Canongate in 2008.

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Publication date

20th May 2003


Alasdair Gray, Will Self

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Canongate Classics an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd


352 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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