Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray was a Scottish writer and artist, known for his works of fiction, including the novel 'Lanark,' as well as his contributions to visual art and mural painting.


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  1. 1. Lanark

    "Lanark" is an unconventional narrative that combines elements of fantasy, dystopia, and realism. The protagonist, a man named Lanark, moves through two parallel existences. In one, he's a young man named Duncan Thaw in post-war Glasgow, struggling with his artistic ambitions and personal relationships. In the other, he's Lanark in the grim, bureaucratic city of Unthank, suffering from a mysterious skin condition and grappling with his identity and purpose. The novel explores themes of love, alienation, creativity, and the human condition, presenting a complex and thought-provoking portrait of life and society.

    The 998th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Poor Things

    "Poor Things" revolves around the life of Bella Baxter, a woman who is brought back from the dead by a Victorian-era doctor who replaces her brain with that of the fetus she was carrying at the time of her death. The book explores Bella's life as she grows up with the mind of a child but the body of a woman, her marriage to a man who tries to control her, and her eventual escape and journey of self-discovery. The narrative is presented through various documents and viewpoints, providing a complex and thought-provoking look at themes such as love, identity, and the nature of humanity.

    The 11324th Greatest Book of All Time