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Kelman, James 1946-

Works: 125 works in 644 publications in 17 languages and 13,882 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Bildungsromans  Black humor  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Political fiction  Stream of consciousness fiction  Road fiction 
Roles: Author, Performer, Other, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: PR6061.E518, 823.914
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How late it was, how late by James Kelman( Book )

82 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in 12 languages and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Scotland, the portrait of a petty crook who had one run-in with police too many. It is a series of reflections as he sits in jail, contemplating his fate. He had been in trouble before, but this time it's different, the latest brawl with police cost him his eyesight. Now in addition to all his other troubles he is blind
Kieron Smith, boy by James Kelman( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kieron Smith grows from age five to early adolescence as he deals with his family, the death of a beloved grandparent, a move to a new home and neighborhood, boyhood escapades, sex, and personal dreams
You have to be careful in the land of the free by James Kelman( Book )

25 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jeremiah Brown, a Scottish immigrant in his early thirties, has lived in the United States for twelve years. He has moved as many times, from the east coast to the west coast and back again, all in the hope his luck would change. To add to his restlessness and indecision, he now has a nonrefundable ticket to Glasgow to visit his mother for the first time in seven years. The question is, will the visit help him get over the pain of separation from a woman he met and loved in New York and with whom he had a little girl, or will it make it worse?"--Publisher's description
Mo said she was quirky by James Kelman( Book )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"James Kelman, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of How Late It Was, How Late, tells the story of Helen--a sister, a mother, a daughter--a very ordinary young woman. Her boyfriend said she was quirky but she is much more than that. Trust, love, relationships; parents, children, lovers; death, wealth, home: these are the ordinary parts of the everyday that become extraordinary when you think of them as Helen does, each waking hour. Mo Said She Was Quirky begins on Helen's way home from work, with the strangest of moments when a skinny, down-at-heel man crosses the road in front of her and appears to be her lost brother. What follows is an inspired and absorbing story of twenty-four hours in the life of a young woman"--
Dirt road by James Kelman( Book )

16 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After his mothers recent death, sixteen-year-old Murdo and his father travel from their home in rural Scotland to Alabama to be with his émigré uncle and American aunt. Stopping at a small town on their way from the airport, Murdo happens upon a family playing zydeco music and joins them, leaving with a gift of two CDs of Southern American songs. On this first visit to the States, Murdo notices racial tension, religious fundamentalism, the threat of severe weather, guns, and aggressive behavior, all unfamiliar to him. Yet his connection to the place strengthens by way of its musical culture. Murdo may be young but he is already a musician. While at their relatives home, the grieving father and son experience kindness and kinship but share few words of comfort with each other, Murdo losing himself in music and his reticent and protective dad in books. The aunt, "the very very best," Murdo calls her, provides whatever solace he receives, until his father comes around in a scene of great emotional release
A disaffection by James Kelman( Book )

42 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patrick Doyle, a Glasgow schoolteacher drowning in despair, can no longer control his students or his life and retreats into the world of corrugated cardboard pipes--a musical sanctuary of his own invention
Greyhound for breakfast by James Kelman( Book )

34 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in English and German and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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." --
Translated accounts : a novel by James Kelman( Book )

33 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in an unnamed territory that appears to be under military rule. It is narrated in the first person, but the narrators remain anonymous, as do most of the other characters. The language used is atypically English, but akin to the translations that might appear in overseas "foreign offices." Perhaps someone transcribed firsthand accounts of certain incidents, events, and states of mind, as narrated by participants in the struggle, and then passed on the transcription for translation; or perhaps the accounts were simply translated firsthand into English and edited later."--Jacket
Busted Scotch : selected stories by James Kelman( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British stories on the poor and unemployed. The settings are pubs, betting shops, tenements, snooker parlors and decaying industrial workplaces. In one story, a poor man sucks his nicotine-covered thumb as a substitute for a cigarette. By the author of How Late It Was, How Late
If it is your life : stories by James Kelman( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects short stories that penetrate the minds of characters in such everyday situations as convalescing in a hospital, sitting at a bus stop, and being in a living room with a vacuum cleaner
The busconductor Hines by James Kelman( Book )

29 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Masterly ... the only work of realistic literary art to show what is happening to most of the British people here and now."--Alasdair Gray 'With Kelman, and with other writers such as Alasdair Gray, the great city of Glasgow and urban Scotland in general are finding the literary voices they deserve.' - British Book News 'A remarkable book ... intelligent, exploratory and sometimes very touching.' - Times Literary Supplement
The burn by James Kelman( Book )

28 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passionate, exhilarating and darkly humorous, "The Burn" is an extraordinary collection of short stories by a master of paranoia and an unsurpassed prose stylist
The good times : stories by James Kelman( Book )

4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories about the Scottish working class. In Pulped Sandwiches, construction workers discuss death, Oh My Darling is on a husband who indulges in pawing his wife in public, while in I Was Asking a Question Too, a man plasters the walls of his apartment with wise sayings from books
The good times by James Kelman( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Good Times is James Kelman's first work since he won the Booker Prize for his novel How late it was, how late. These twenty first-person narratives portray ordinary people in a language that makes glory of their lives. The narrators are men and boys who come face to face with uncomfortable truths, whether musing on mortality, encountering betrayals both devastating and trivial, or struggling to understand women and work. A boy resolves to hang up his boots after a perceived slight; a divorced man is forced to provide an alibi for his philandering friend and confront his own loneliness; a middle-aged man, awake late from his nightmares, contemplates 'a future of dwindling strengths'; a group of part-time musicians discuss Rock as Art as they wait for the soup to boil."--Jacket
A chancer by James Kelman( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tammas is twenty, a loner and a compulsive gambler. Unable to hold a job for long, his life revolves around Glasgow bars, home with his sister and brother-in-law, the dog track, betting shops, casinos and occasionally a day at the races. Sometimes Tammy wins, more often he loses, but betting gives him as good a chance as any of discovering what he really seeks from life since society offers him no prospect of a better or more fulfilling altenative
That was a shiver : and other stories by James Kelman( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intimate new stories from the Booker Prize-winning James Kelman, bringing 'alive a human consciousness like no other writer can'. A trucker passes through a town he used to know and a local tries to sell him his sister; a couple put their children to bed and hear a loud scratching at the wall; a Principal and his associate examine the dead body before them; a man looks into a mirror and reflects on becoming more like his father. Sparky, touching and brilliantly daring, these stories reveal profound human feeling in the ordinary and the everyday, and are a reminder of Kelman's exceptional talent
"And the judges said-- " : essays by James Kelman( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'And The Judges Said -' is a collection of essays from James Kelman, dealing with matters literary, artistic, political and philosophical
Lean tales : James Kelman, Agnes Owens, Alasdair Gray by James Kelman( Book )

11 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hardie and Baird & other plays by James Kelman( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some recent attacks : essays cultural & political by James Kelman( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of essays, polemics and talks, Kelman directs his linguistic craftsmanship and scathing humor at targets ranging from private profit and public loss to the endemic racism, class bias and general elitism at the English end of the Anglo-American literary tradition
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You have to be careful in the land of the free
Kieron Smith, boyYou have to be careful in the land of the freeA disaffectionGreyhound for breakfastTranslated accounts : a novelBusted Scotch : selected storiesIf it is your life : storiesThe busconductor Hines
Alternative Names
Iacobus Kelman

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James Kelman schottischer Schriftsteller

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James Kelman Skotsk forfatter

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Джеймс Келман

Келман, Джеймс

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