LANARK: A LIFE IN FOUR BOOKS. Edinburgh: Canongate Publishing, 1985. Octavo, boards. Limited edition. One of 1000 numbered copies signed by Gray. The author's first book (first published by Canongate in 1981) and a major twentieth-century fantasy. Bizarre after death fantasy in which the protagonist is transported to the regimented underground dystopia Unthank, a kind of lightless Limbo where people die of "metaphorical diseases including one known as dragonhide, which leads to explosive disintegration through excess of bottled-up internal heat or emotion, and others whose victims' remains are exploited by the state for munitions and food." - John Clute, SFE (online). "A big and original novel ... a shattering work of fiction in the modern idiom." - Burgess, Ninety-nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939, p. 126. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-460. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-121. Pringle, Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels 77. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 406. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#164526).
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