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Allan Cameron


Allan Cameron was born in 1952 and was brought up in Nigeria and East Pakistan (later Bangladesh). He left school at sixteen and started his education. He worked at sea and at the age of twenty moved to Italy, where he lived for many years. The trades he has been Jack of and not mastered include postman, labourer, factory worker, forwarding clerak, hydrographic surveyor and university lecturer. He now lives in Glasgow.

He has published two novels, The Golden Menagerie (a modern reworking of Apuleius' The Golden Ass, that challenges the ideas and morality of that Latin author, partly his ideas have returned: a cult of success, a lack of compassion, and an obsession with the projection of the self on society), and The Berlusconi Bonus (a political satire of the ideas of the neocons in general and Fukuyama in particular). The second novel has been published in Italian.

He has published a book on language, In Praise of the Garrulous (2008), a collection of poetry, Presbyopia (2009), and a collection of short stories, Can the Gods Cry? (2011).

He is also the translator of more than twenty books from Italian into English, including such writers as Norberto Bobbio, Romano Prodi, Eric Hobsbawm and Alessandro Barbero, and he has published articles in Italian newspapers and political magazines.

About writer's work: 

My work is often concerned with political, philosophical and religious themes. I am also very interested in language and how it affects our behaviour, and how our behaviour affects language. My work is cosmopolitan rather than metropolitan, and deals more with ideas than psychology.

Current events and projects: 

Poetry readings, talks on language (on language, writing and printing, and how these have moulded the way we talk, write and indeed think), writing workshops.

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Books written
Can the Gods Cry? Can the Gods Cry? "Cameron's stance is simultaneously distanced, flyting and engaged, his authorial eye often turns on himself, debunking and wry.
Presbyopia Presbyopia "Cameron confesses to a weariness with poetry's old forms and old concerns, particularly the perennial Romantic subjects of love and the exploration of the self. ...
In Praise of the Garrulous In Praise of the Garrulous "I like In Praise of the Garrulous very much indeed, not only because it says a good many interesting and true things, but because of its tone and style.
The Berlusconi Bonus The Berlusconi Bonus <p> 'The Berlusconi Bonus satirises' almost every aspect of our modern political world, from Blair's 'New Labour' Thatcherism and Berlusconi's strong-arming of his
The Golden Menagerie The Golden Menagerie <p> For Lucian Heatherington-Jones, an adolescent from Croydon, his meeting with a mirth-seeking sect plunges him into a series of nightmarish metamorphoses from which he can only be saved by t
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3 Sulaisiadar
An Rubha
Isle of Lewis

Telephone: 01851 870050

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