White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings

White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings

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'In this extraordinary work Sinclair combines a sort of spiritual inquest or seance into the Whitechapel Ripper murders and the dark side of the late Victorian imagination with another plot-thread, done in hectic picaresque, of a posse of seedy book dealers hot on the trail of obscure rarities of that period. These ruined and ruthless dandies appear and disappear through a phantasmagoria - Dickensian London gripped by cholera, the shambles of a Victorian surgeon's operating theatre, vultures flapping around the Farringdon Road bookstalls as the ropes come off - interspersed with occult conjurings and reflections on the nature of fiction and history.'
So wrote a critic for London's "Guardian" newspaper, which chose Iain Sinclair's brilliantly original debut novel, "White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings" (1987), as runner-up for the prestigious Guardian Fiction Prize. This first-ever American edition features a new introduction by Alan Moore, whose graphic novel "From Hell" was partly inspired by Sinclair's novel.
'Iain Sinclair, in "White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings," has provided much more than a brilliant debut ... a manifesto for a future literature that has more blood, more brains, and more mysterious beauty ... Those who aspire to understand what's happening in modern writing should start here.' - Alan Moore, from the Introduction
'A work of integrity because it constantly takes serious risks ... I only wish there was more writing like this.' - Kathy Acker
'A stimulating and idiosyncratic visionary novel, full of lively characters and bizarre humour.' - Michael Moorcock
'Sentence for sentence, there is no more interesting writer at work in English.' - John Lanchester, "Daily Telegraph"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 11mm | 204g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1941147844
  • 9781941147849
  • 1,592,963

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