Lanark, a life in four books, is the first novel of Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray, written over a period of almost thirty years. It combines realistic and dystopian surrealist depictions of his home city of Glasgow and was published in 1981. Anthony Burgess called Gray "the best Scottish novelist since Walter Scott", and Lanark won the inaugural Satire Society Book of the Year Award, in 1982 and was also named Scottish Arts council Book of the Year.
The book is still Gray's best known and has, since, become a cult classic. Its first translation into Italian will be presented at the "Più Libri più Liberi" Fair, by its translator Enrico Terrinoni.