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Over the past two decades, the world has witnessed an explosion of bold new fiction from Scotland. With stories and novels ranging in style from realist to surrealist--often within the same piece--the sons and daughters of Scotland are among the most innovative writers today.
The Vintage Book of Contemporary Scottish Fiction honors this new national literature with 47 of its finest representatives. In addition to excerpts from writers such as Irvine Welsh, this vibrant collection includes voices new to the international scene. Alison Fell ignites the page with an art model's rant in "There's Tradition for You." Duncan Williamson reinvents a rural storytelling tradition in the poignant "Mary and the Seal."
Peter Kravitz's introduction explores Scottish writer's conflicts with publishers at home and abroad--from critics who consider some material "depraved" to typesetters who demand higher wages when working on pieces written in Scots.