"[A] byword for pacey, punchy, visceral Scotland" (Craig Lamont)
By Irvine Welsh
Signed first printing of the raw novel that "put contemporary Scottish fiction at the forefront of UK writing" (National Library of Scotland).
Very good plus.
"We often think if it bursting onto the scene and shaking up the foundations of Scottish literature and language. But we forget the period of percolation that made Trainspotting a truly masterful work: cobbled<br />together from notebooks and diaries, the novel we know and love was being drip fed to readers as early as 1991 in journals like Dog, West Coast Magazine, New Writing Scotland, and, more famously, Rebel Inc." – Craig Lamont
Welsh's debut novel was the culmination of years of slow hammering in the darkness. Following junkies' lives in Edinburgh, TRAINSPOTTING had a meteoric affect on Scottish literature, forcing action or reaction in its wake. The 1996 film is often cited as one of the better book-to-film adaptations that captures the tone and spirit of the text. A rough read, and a remarkable one. This paperback is the true first edition.
Read more: Lamont, "Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting (1993)," in Studies in Scottish Literature, Vol. 43 Issue 2.
London: Secker & Warburg, (1993). 8.5'' x 5.25''. Original white wrappers printed in orange and black with photographic vignette by David Harrold, french flaps. , 344 pages. Signed by Welsh in black ink on title page. A couple short creases along spine, corners bumped, overall quite a nice copy of this book.
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