The Swan Book

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Product Details
Price
$18.99  $17.66
Publisher
Washington Square Press
Publish Date
Pages
320
Dimensions
5.2 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781501124792
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About the Author
Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The author of the prize-winning novels Carpentaria and The Swan Book, Wright has published three works of non-fiction: Take Power, an oral history of the Central Land Council; Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory; and Tracker, an award-winning collective memoir of Aboriginal leader Tracker Tilmouth. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Polish, French, and Italian. She held the position of Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne between 2017-2022. Wright is the only author to win both the Miles Franklin Award (in 2007 for Carpentaria) and the Stella Prize (in 2018 for Tracker).
Reviews
"Told in dense prose full of evocative imagery, Wright's book deftly highlights the racial and cultural politics facing Australia's indigenous people in a story that defies genre. It is a challenging and heartbreaking story that illuminates the culture and struggles of an often overlooked people."

--Publishers Weekly
"Astonishingly inventive."--O, The Oprah Magazine
"Rich with allegory and symbolism, this wild, explosive story blends the myths and legends of numerous cultures in a dystopian near future...significant and contemporary, in the style of Gloria Naylor's Mama Day (1988)."

--Booklist (starred review)
"Alexis Wright's The Swan Book is hypnotic and disturbing...a very unusual book...This is definitely one of the books Sir Francis Bacon would recommend that we chew and digest."
--A Bookish Type
International Praise for The Swan Book

"It is a bitter, lovely, and tragic book; and not only the author but also the publisher should be commended."--Australian Book Review
"The Swan Book might be one of the most important Australian novels yet."--Sydney Morning Herald
"Bears all the hallmarks of Wright's astonishing narrative powers: her linguistic dexterity, mashing words and phrases from high and low culture, from English, Aboriginal languages, French and Latin; her humour and scathing satire; her fierce political purpose; her genre bending; her virtuosic gift for interweaving stories on multiple levels, from the literal to the metaphoric, the folkloric and the mythic. But The Swan Book takes all these - especially the last - to new levels."--Sydney Review of Books