Alasdair Gray


Born
in Glasgow, Scotland
December 28, 1934

Died
December 29, 2019

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Alasdair James Gray was a Scottish writer and artist. His first novel, Lanark (1981), is seen as a landmark of Scottish fiction. He published novels, short stories, plays, poetry and translations, and wrote on politics and the history of English and Scots literature. His works of fiction combine realism, fantasy, and science fiction with the use of his own typography and illustrations, and won several awards.

He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1952 to 1957. As well as his book illustrations, he painted portraits and murals. His artwork has been widely exhibited and is in several important collections. Before Lanark, he had plays performed on radio and TV.

His writing style is postmodern and has been compared with those of Franz Kafka, G
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Average rating: 3.99 · 13,650 ratings · 1,133 reviews · 90 distinct worksSimilar authors
Lanark

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4.11 avg rating — 5,634 ratings — published 1981 — 38 editions
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Poor Things

4.05 avg rating — 2,837 ratings — published 1992 — 17 editions
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1982, Janine

4.10 avg rating — 833 ratings — published 1984 — 9 editions
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Unlikely Stories, Mostly

4.10 avg rating — 481 ratings — published 1984 — 10 editions
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Ten Tales Tall and True

3.72 avg rating — 322 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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Something Leather

3.61 avg rating — 311 ratings — published 1990 — 5 editions
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A History Maker

3.57 avg rating — 294 ratings — published 1994 — 10 editions
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The Ends of Our Tethers: 13...

3.68 avg rating — 263 ratings — published 2003 — 9 editions
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The Fall of Kelvin Walker

3.72 avg rating — 222 ratings — published 1985 — 8 editions
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Old Men in Love

3.42 avg rating — 205 ratings — published 2007 — 5 editions
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“Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.”
Alasdair Gray

“She also said the wicked people needed love as much as good people and were much better at it.”
Alasdair Gray, Poor Things

“You suffer from the oldest delusion in politics. You think you can change the world by talking to a leader. Leaders are the effects, not the causes of changes.”
Alasdair Gray, Lanark

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