Trainspotting

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393343685

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 8603

Trainspotting is the novel that first launched Irvine Welsh's spectacular career—an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating episodic group portrait of blasted lives. It accomplished for its own time and place what Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn did for his. Rents, Sick Boy, Mother Superior, Swanney, Spuds, and Seeker are as unforgettable a clutch of junkies, rude boys, and psychos as readers will ever encounter. Trainspotting was made into the 1996 cult film starring Ewan MacGregor and directed by Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave).

Trainspotting

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407019996

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 1905

Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.

Trainspotting and Shallow Grave

Two Screenplays

Author: John Hodge

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571179688

Category: Fiction

Page: 235

View: 2048

This volume presents two tales set in the granite-slated, Gothic world of Edinburgh - one involves murder; the other drugs. In Trainspotting, Alex Renton, an unrepentant drug abuser, is doing his best to escape the claims and responsibilities of Life. Harrowing yet hilarious, Trainspotting charts the disintegration of a group of friends whose obsession with drugs and mayhem leads them inexorably to self-destruction. Poles apart from the low-life of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave presents a trio of affluent characters whose feckless lives are disrupted when they discover the corpse of their new flatmate and a suitcase bulging with money under his bed. The story balances on a knife-edge between ebullience and violence, as the forces of destruction gather to claim their victims. Shallow Grave won the Alexander Korda award for Best British Film of 1994. This volume is introduced by the screenwriter, John Hodge, and also contains an interview with Irvine Welsh, the author of the cult novel on which Trainspotting is based.

Trainspotting

Author: Murray Smith

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0851708706

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 95

View: 3953

In this book, Murray Smith unpicks the processes that led to the enormous success of Trainspotting. He isolates the various factors that make Trainspotting such a vivid document of its time.

Porno

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393343650

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 9806

The Trainspotting lads are back...and in worse shape than ever. In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley crew that includes the neighborhood's favorite ex-beverage salesman, "Juice" Terry. In the world of Porno, however, even the cons are conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog. The out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it's the hapless, drug-addled Spud who may be spreading the most trouble. Porno is a novel about the Trainspotting crew ten years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still fighting for the first-class seats as the train careens at high velocity with derailment looming around the next corner.

Trainspotting

Director, Danny Boyle

Author: N.A

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780582452589

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 85

View: 7051

To choose life or not to choose life; that is the question. Enjoyed the film? Want to know more? Go behind the scenes with the ultimate film guides and get the bigger picture. Discover how Trainspotting broke new ground within British cinema and became the highest placed film of the 1990's. Understand how the film related to the 90's culture of Britpop and 'Cool Britannia' and how music played an important role in the significance of certain scenes. Consider the film's importance within British Cinema and how it differed from the dogged realism of other British movies. What did Trainspotting contribute to the debate on drugs and how did the media react to the film's release? What were the reasons behind casting Ewen Bremner as Spud and what role did costumes have on character portrayal? Satisfy your curiosity with the ultimate film guides. Read biographies of key players, critics reviews and finally see the film the director wanted you to see. ...don't be in the dark about film

Dead Men's Trousers

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473555582

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 3835

*THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER* Mark Renton is finally a success. An international jet-setter, he now makes significant money managing DJs, but the constant travel, airport lounges, soulless hotel rooms and broken relationships have left him dissatisfied with his life. He’s then rocked by a chance encounter with Frank Begbie, from whom he’d been hiding for years after a terrible betrayal and the resulting debt. But the psychotic Begbie appears to have reinvented himself as a celebrated artist and – much to Mark’s astonishment – doesn’t seem interested in revenge. Sick Boy and Spud, who have agendas of their own, are intrigued to learn that their old friends are back in town, but when they enter the bleak world of organ-harvesting, things start to go so badly wrong. Lurching from crisis to crisis, the four men circle each other, driven by their personal histories and addictions, confused, angry – so desperate that even Hibs winning the Scottish Cup doesn’t really help. One of these four will not survive to the end of this book. Which one of them is wearing Dead Men’s Trousers? Fast and furious, scabrously funny and weirdly moving, this is a spectacular return of the crew from Trainspotting.

Skagboys

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393088731

Category: Fiction

Page: 532

View: 5532

Chronicles the misadventures of Mark Renton and his friends as they cope with economic uncertainties, family problems, drug use and the opposite sex in 1980s Edinburgh in this new novel from the author of Trainspotting and Filth.

Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting

A Reader's Guide

Author: Robert Morace

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9780826452375

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 96

View: 4103

Continuum Contemporaries will be a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for members of book clubs and readings groups, as well as for literature students.The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed, and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question. The books in the series will all follow the same structure:a biography of the novelist, including other works, influences, and, in some cases, an interview; a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas; a summary of how the novel was received upon publication; a summary of how the novel has performed since publication, including film or TV adaptations, literary prizes, etc.; a wide range of suggestions for further reading, including websites and discussion forums; and a list of questions for reading groups to discuss.

Trainspotting

Author: John Hodge

Publisher: Gardners Books

ISBN: 9780571203208

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 121

View: 5102

Cast size: medium.

The Blade Artist

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473520967

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 369

Jim Francis has finally found the perfect life – and is now unrecognisable, even to himself. A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. Some say he’s a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary. But Francis has a very dark past, with another identity and a very different set of values. When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies – and, most alarmingly, his former self – Francis seems to have other ideas. When Melanie discovers something gruesome in California, which indicates that her husband’s violent past might also be his psychotic present, things start to go very bad, very quickly. The Blade Artist is an elegant, electrifying novel – ultra violent but curiously redemptive – and it marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting.

T2 Trainspotting

Author: John Hodge

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571338372

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 160

View: 5000

First there is an opportunity, then there is a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him, of course: Spud, Sick Boy, and Frank Begbie. But they are not alone. Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance. Mark Renton returns, to the chaos of life and death.

From Trocchi to Trainspotting - Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960

Author: Michael Gardiner

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748627111

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 2542

This book charts the course of Scottish Critical Theory since the 1960s. It provocatively argues that 'French' critical-theoretical ideas have developed in tandem with Scottish writing during this period. Its themes can be read as a breakdown in Scottish Enlightenment thinking after empire - precisely the process which permitted the rise of 'theory'.The book places within a wider theoretical context writers such as Muriel Spark, Edwin Morgan, Ian Hamilton Finlay, James Kelman, Alexander Trocchi, Janice Galloway, Alan Warner and Irvine Welsh, as well as more recent work by Alan Riach and Pat Kane, who can be seen to take the 'post-Enlightenment' narrative forward. In doing so, it draws on the work of the Scottish thinkers John Macmurray and R.D. Laing as well as the continental philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Paul Virilio.

Trainspotting - Analysis of the German Translation of the Chapter "Strolling Through the Meadows" with the Model of Juliane House (Translation Quality Assessment)

Author: Maritta Schwartz

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640552806

Category:

Page: 32

View: 1316

Scientific Essay from the year 1998 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2 (B), Ruhr-University of Bochum (English Seminar), course: Literature III: Literature Translation, 3 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: "Trainspotting" is the title of a novel, written by the contemporary Scottish author Irvine Welsh. The plot is set in contemporary Edinburgh, i.e. Leith, and deals with the lives and experiences of a group of heroin junkies. The chapter we are looking at deals with a nightly walk through the meadows that three of the characters set off to after a visit in a Pub. They are in search of two other mates of them. During their stroll they meet two girls they know and come across a squirrel which two of them attempt to hurt. The attempt is prevented by the third.

T2 Trainspotting (Movie Tie-in)

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393355179

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 4015

Now a Major Motion Picture Here is the Trainspotting crew ten years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still fighting for the first-class seats as the train careens at high velocity with derailment looming around the next corner. In this world, even the cons get conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog, and out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it’s drug-addled Spud who may be creating the most trouble.

T2 Trainspotting (Movie Tie-in)

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393355179

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 591

Now a Major Motion Picture Here is the Trainspotting crew ten years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still fighting for the first-class seats as the train careens at high velocity with derailment looming around the next corner. In this world, even the cons get conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog, and out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it’s drug-addled Spud who may be creating the most trouble.

Working Class Fiction

from Chartism to Trainspotting

Author: Ian Haywood

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1786946327

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 6329

A comprehensive introduction to working-class literature over the last 150 years showing how many of these texts have consistently challenged dominant literary, critical and social values. It combines an extensive survey and bibliography with a commitment to working-class writing as a vital area of literary study.

The representation of nationality in "Braveheart" and "Trainspotting"

Author: Christian Mossmann

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638391000

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 10

View: 4611

Braveheart and Trainspotting, both set in Scotland, hit the big screen in 1995. The first was an American award-winning big-budget epic movie that featured an Australian as a Scottish National Hero and was filmed in Ireland. The latter, a Scottish production and the most successful British film of the year, was a comparatively low-budget production, completely financed by Channel four. Both share in common the fact that they reached a huge audience world-wide, which may have been highly influenced by the films’ depictions of Scotland 1. As the American cinema market is the most important for domestic films, the way in which Scotland is presented in Braveheart is consciously chosen to primarily please the expectation of the American audience in the first place but also the moviegoers of Europe and the rest of the world. Trainspotting was primarily aimed at a British audience although an international success was naturally hoped for. In this essay I will analyse the ways in which nationality in the two films is represented. First I will deal with Braveheart and examine the application of Tartanry images in the representation of Scotland. Consequently, I will argue that the depiction of the Scots is divided by class lines, with Robert the Bruce as a special case. In addition, I will evaluate the representation of the English as well as the Irish and the French nation. In the second part of the essay I will concentrate on Trainspotting and its debunking of the stereotypical Highland-iconography. An analysis of the use of local culture in the film is followed by a closer look at how the film undermines the discourse of Tartanry and the issue of national pride. 1 When asked in a survey to name one image which best sums up Scotland, 16% of people in Bangladesh chose Braveheart. Other main associations were kilts, whisky, bagpipes and highlands/mountains (cf. McLoone 2001: 187).

Last Exit to Brooklyn

A Novel

Author: Hubert Selby

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453235396

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 9004

“An extraordinary achievement . . . a vision of hell so stern it cannot be chuckled or raged aside.”—The New York Times Book Review A classic of postwar American literature, Last Exit to Brooklyn created shock waves upon its release in 1964 with its raw, vibrant language and startling revelations of New York City’s underbelly. The prostitutes, drunks, addicts, and johns of Selby’s Brooklyn are fierce and lonely creatures, desperately searching for a moment of transcendence amidst the decay and brutality of the waterfront—though none have any real hope of escape. Last Exit to Brooklyn offers a disturbing yet hauntingly sensitive portrayal of American life, and nearly fifty years after publication, it stands as a crucial and masterful work of modern fiction. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Hubert Selby Jr. including rare photos from the author’s estate.