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A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle

Written by Hugh MacDiarmid / Edited by Kenneth Buthlay


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SKU: 9781846970269 Categories: , Tags: ,
ISBN: 9781846970269
Published: 22 May 2008
Format: Paperback
Extent: 208
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
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About the Book

Kenneth Buthlay's edition of A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle is widely considered to be the best edition of all and provides extensive commentary and notes, taking the reader through MacDiarmid's complex and often opaque use of language. The drunk man lies on a moonlit hillside looking at a thistle, jaggy and beautiful, which epitomises Scotland's divided self. The man reflects on the fate of the nation, the human condition in general and his own personal fears.