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From his extraordinary art to our everyday memories, Alasdair Gray is steeped into Glasgow

The writer and artist, who has died aged 85, won't just be remembered for his murals and novels. His spirit permeates the city

By Laura Waddell  

An Alasdair Gray illustration, courtesy of the artist.

In a spring 2019 interview we conducted with Alasdair Gray for Gutter magazine, exploring his urge to translate Dante’s Divine Comedyand his interest in the themes of afterlife and purgatory within, Alasdair told us that he didn’t believe in the immortality of the soul. It was a delicate balancing act not to pry too closely into his own recent brushes with ill health and mortality—but the parallels were intriguing. When we asked him, “Do you think the writer or…

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