This already dated novel is set inside the head of an ageing, divorced, alcoholic, insomniac supervisor of security installations who is tippling in a Scottish hotel. Though full of depressing memories and propaganda for the Conservative Party, it is mainly a sado-masochistic fetishistic fantasy.
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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. ????, 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, too, and the humour, 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."
"????, 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 could still be a vivid and vital way of interpreting the world . . . ????, Janine revived my flagging impetus to continue writing fiction myself." Jonathon Coe
"Alasdair Gray is that rather rare bird among contemporary British writers - 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."
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140071105
Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140071105 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0961115