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A Chancer (1985)
in James Kelman
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This chapter examines A Chancer, whose protagonist is a habitual gambler with a tendency to leave social situations, noting that this novel is considered as Kelman's puritanical text and is at the extreme end of the spectrum of Kelman's realist project in its goal to present an unrestricted ‘facticity’. It explains why Kelman chooses to allow extended access to Tammas' mind only during gambling episodes. The chapter also considers the protagonist's departure from Glasgow, which was not previously presented in The Busconductor Hines.

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