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GRAY, Alasdair. Lanark.

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GRAY, Alasdair. Lanark. Edinburgh: Canongate Publishing, 1981.

8vo. Original black cloth, title gilt to spine, in decorative dust wrapper; pp. [viii], 561; a very good copy with some slight toning to the upper fore-edge and some minor edge wear to the wrapper.
First edition, signed by the author to the ffep.
A definitely-not-Glasgow surrealist dystopic nightmare with chapters in the wrong (or right) order depending on who you ask, an epilogue four chapters before the end, an implausible number of rampant orifices, which despite all this is actually rather good.
Gray cites Kafka as a major influence on the atmosphere of the novel, as well as his own experiences in the media industry, with the labyrinthine buildings and individuals talking in jargon proving particularly memorable. It has become somewhat of a cult classic, with Anthony Burgess writing that Gray is "the best Scottish novelist since Walter Scott".

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