The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith

Peter Carey (Author)
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Description

From a writer whom Thomas Keneally calls "one of the great figures on the cusp of the millennium" comes a novel that conjures an entire world that suggests our own, but tilted on its axis--a world whose most powerful country, Voorstand, dominates its neighbors with ruthless espionage and its mesmerizing but soul-destroying Sirkus.

Into that world comes Tristan Smith, a malformed, heroically willful, and unforgivingly observant child. Tristan's life includes adventure and loss, political intrigue, and a bizarre stardom in the Voorstand Sirkus, where animals talk and human performers die real deaths. The result is a visionary picaresque, staggering in its inventions, spellbinding in its suspense, and unabashedly moving.

Product Details

Price
$57.45  $52.85
Publisher
Vintage Books Canada
Publish Date
January 23, 1996
Pages
422
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.95 X 8.05 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780679307754
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About the Author

PETER CAREY is the author of twelve previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honours include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.