The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey

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The Booker Prize-winning author of Oscar and Lucinda and The Tax Inspector now gives readers a hero, the malformed but ferociously wilful Tristan Smith, who becomes the object of the world's byzantine political intrigues, even as he attains stardom in a bizarre Sirkus that is part passion play and part Mortal Kombat.


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About Peter Carey

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PETER CAREY is the author of eleven previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.
 
Published August 18, 2010 by Vintage. 433 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tristan, reared by loyal theater folk after his mother's murder by a Voorstand operative, relates how he grows up to seek his father in Voorstand, confound his mother's enemies, as well as somehow become the great Efican actor he'd always believed to be his destiny.

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Australian novelist Carey presents an extravagantly picaresque tale of a vaguely futuristic and very bizarre world. (Feb.)

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Carey, known for his quirkily skewed re-creations of Australian culture (Oscar and Lucinda; The Tax Collector), has outdone himself in this bizarre, uncannily strange dystopia about the life of a dwar

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Australian novelist Carey presents an extravagantly picaresque tale of a vaguely futuristic and very bizarre world.

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Carey's novel approach to the narrative-the entire tale is in the form of Tristan's direct testimony to formal authorities of Voorstand culture-is brilliantly maintained throughout, and the fairy-tale quality of its figuration makes for a surpassingly rich feast of metaphors and mercurial meaning...

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In his latest, immensely ambitious, novel The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Carey has challenged his already broad horizons.

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As his mother leaves her theatre (where she has been rehearsing the Scottish Play) and sets out for the hospital, If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to all 12,000 articles subscribe here Institutions or university library users please ...

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