Lanark (Harvest Book)

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9780156003612: Lanark (Harvest Book)

Written under the influence of World War II, the British welfare state, the Scottish education system, Poe, Carroll, Joyce, Kafka, Pinocchio, and the Bible, this cult classic paints a surreal portrait of the modern world. "It should be widely read" (New York Times). Illustrated by the Author.

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Alasdair Gray (born 28 December 1934) is a Scottish writer and artist. His most acclaimed work is his first novel Lanark, published in 1981 and written over a period of almost 30 years. It is now regarded as a classic, and was described by The Guardian as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction." His novel Poor Things (1992) won the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Gray's works combine elements of realism, fantasy, and science fiction, plus clever use of typography and his own illustrations. He has also written on politics, in support of socialism and Scottish independence, and on the history of English literature. He has been described by author Will Self as "a creative polymath with an integrated politico-philosophic vision" and as "a great writer, perhaps the greatest living in this archipelago today", and by himself as "a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian".

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Published in his native Scotland in 1981, this has been described as a literary adventure novel, which draws inspiration from sources as wide-ranging as Joyce, Kafka, and Poe to Walt Disney's Pinnochio. Anthony Burgess praised it as one of the 99 best novels of our time.
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