Lanark - A Life in Four Books - Signed - Alasdair Gray 2001 - Canongate Books, Edinburgh - Number 1179 of 2000 Limited Edition Sets A fine four volume set, number 1179 of 2000, with the the slipcase signed by Alasdair Gray.

Lanark, a modern vision of hell, is set in the disintegrating cities of Unthank and Glasgow, and tells the interwoven stories of Lanark and Duncan Thaw. A work of extraordinary imagination and wide range, its playful narrative techniques convey a profound message, both personal and political, about humankind’s inability to love, and yet our compulsion to go on trying.’

‘Widely recognised as a modern classic, Alasdair Gray's magnum opus was first published in 1981 and immediately established him as one of Britain's leading writers. Comparisons have been made to Dante, Blake, Joyce, Orwell, Kafka, Huxley and Lewis Carroll. This edition published in 2001, includes new autobiographical
Tailpiece’ [Canongate]

‘It was time Scotland produced a shattering work of fiction in the modern idiom. This is it … [Gray is] the best Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott’ – Anthony Burgess.

‘I was absolutely knocked out by Lanark. I think it’s the best in Scottish literature this century’ – Iain Banks.

‘Remarkable … A work of loving and vivid imagination, yielding copious riches’ – William Boyd.
  ‘Born in 1934, Alasdair Gray graduated in design and mural painting from Glasgow School of Art. Since 1981, when Lanark was published by Canongate, he has written, designed and illustrated seven novels, several books of short stories, a collection of his stage, radio and TV plays and a book of his visual art, A Life in Pictures.

In his own words, ‘Alasdair Gray is a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glaswegian pedestrian who has mainly lived by writing and designing books, most of them fiction.’ [Canongate]

Four octavo volumes (book size 20.5x13.5), pp. [8]117 [3]; [6] [2] 121-218 [1 (Interlude)] [5]; [6] [2] 223-354 [2]; [6] [2] 357-572. In publishers burgundy or blue paper covered boards, spines lettered in gilt, front and rear boards intricately decorated in gilt, endpapers in burgundy (for the two blue covered books), and blue (foor the two burgundy covered books. Each book hand numbered 1179/2000 in thick pen. Housed in the publisher’s laminated illustrated slipcase, signed and with limitation number 1179/2000 by hand to the top panel, and priced ‘£35’ to the bottom panel.
  Condition: Fine in fine slipcase   Ref: 110078   Price: HK$ 1,000