The Burn

The Burn Passionate exhilarating and darkly humorous The Burn is an extraordinary collection of short stories by a master of paranoia and an unsurpassed prose stylist

  • Title: The Burn
  • Author: James Kelman
  • ISBN: 9780749399498
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • Passionate, exhilarating and darkly humorous, The Burn is an extraordinary collection of short stories by a master of paranoia and an unsurpassed prose stylist.

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    About "James Kelman"

    1. James Kelman

      Kelman says My own background is as normal or abnormal as anyone else s Born and bred in Govan and Drumchapel, inner city tenement to the housing scheme homeland on the outer reaches of the city Four brothers, my mother a full time parent, my father in the picture framemaking and gilding trade, trying to operate a one man business and I left school at 15 etc etc For one reason or another, by the age of 21 22 I decided to write stories The stories I wanted to write would derive from my own background, my own socio cultural experience I wanted to write as one of my own people, I wanted to write and remain a member of my own community.During the 1970s he published a first collection of short stories He became involved in Philip Hobsbaum s creative writing group in Glasgow along with Tom Leonard, Alasdair Gray and Liz Lochhead, and his short stories began to appear in magazines These stories introduced a distinctive style, expressing first person internal monologues in a pared down prose utilising Glaswegian speech patterns, though avoiding for the most part the quasi phonetic rendition of Tom Leonard Kelman s developing style has been influential on the succeeding generation of Scottish novelists, including Irvine Welsh, Alan Warner and Janice Galloway In 1998, Kelman received the Stakis Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year for his collection of short stories The Good Times contemporarywriters au

    304 thoughts on “The Burn”

    1. Incredible. Absolutely incredible collection of short stories. Even in the space of a few sentences, James Kelman can effortlessly reveal such a deep understanding of humanity. The scenery is unmistakably Scottish and the language is so obsessively passionate. Through the mundane working-class lives of his characters, Kelman explores the most intense levels of being human. There are few writers around like James Kelman. The final story, of which the short story collection is named after, moved m [...]


    2. "But lassies are trained for it, in a manner of speaking; it's part of the growing-up process for them, young females. It doesn't happen with boys, just if you're a lassie, you've got to learn how not to talk; plus how not to look, you get trained how not to look. How not to look and how not to talk. You get trained how not to do things."


    3. Reading this marvellous collection again. From the flimsiest detail, Kelman can reveal the most intense levels of being human. Sometimes he does it in just one page.




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