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, 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.

'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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941147894
Publisher: Valancourt Books
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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