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Set in urban Scotland in the nineties, R.A. Jamieson's third novel, an experimental 'soapoperama' covers a day and a night in the life of a nameless narrator who conjures out of his existence the interlinked stories of three young people - Ray, Helen and Douglas. The drama centres on the character's varying involvement with the drug world and explores the legacy of the six ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 30th 1991 by Polygon
(first published January 1st 1991)
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An unloved and neglected experimental novel the Dalkey Archive should clamour to republish at once. An unnamed man in an office describes the lives of three intersecting characters, punctuating his narratives with free verse poems and musings much like a Scots Book of Disquiet. Ray is a dole-scrounging drug pusher waiting for something to happen that doesn’t involve employment, Helen works in a casino and recently split from her husband following a violent attack, and Duncan owns an antique shop ...more
Robert Alan Jamieson is a Scottish and Shetlandic poet and novelist who grew up on the crofting community of Sandness. He is currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he works as a Creative Writing tutor at Edinburgh University. He was co-editor of the Edinburgh Review from 1993–1998, as well as being a Creative Writing Fellow at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, 1998-2001.More about Robert Alan Jamieson...