Greyhound For Breakfast by James Kelman
|Title||Greyhound for Breakfast|
|Language||English, Spanish, and French|
James Kelman - like Kafka or Beckett - is unique to his age: for his refusal to mince words, his ability to present real life without the condescension of `social realism' and his absolute belief that the language, not literature, makes the culture. Kelman's landscapes are the wastelands of the inner cities, the tenement blocks, bedsits and doss-houses of Glasgow, Manchester and London, where booze, cards and, sometimes, crime provide the only escape from a no-hope future. This collection of forty-seven stories reflects the huge scope of Kelman's writing, from 1972 to now: ranging in length from one paragraph to twenty pages, from the concrete to the lyrical, from casual tragedy to wild farce. His only consistencies are his originality and excellence, his ability to give voice to the inarticulate, and his way of creating, out of low life, high art.