Jack Maggs

Author: Peter Carey
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857976451
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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The first Penguin edition of Peter Carey's Jack Maggs, with a cover by Michael LeunigThe year is 1837 and ex-convict Jack Maggs has returned illegally to London from Australia. Installing himself in the household of a genteel grocer, he attracts the attention of a cross-section of society. Saucy Mercy Larkin wants him for a mate. Writer Tobias Oates wants to possess his soul through hypnosis. Maggs, a figure both frightening and mysteriously compelling, is so in thrall to the notion of a gentlemanly class that he's risked his life to come back to his torturers. His task is to shed his false consciousness and understand that his true destiny lies in Australia.

Oscar und Lucinda

Author: Peter Carey,Dirk van Gunsteren
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783596184460
Page: 602
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Witnessing the Past

History and Post-colonialism in Australian Historical Novels
Author: Sigrun Meinig
Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag
ISBN: 9783823361169
Category: Australia
Page: 394
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Missions of Interdependence

A Literary Directory
Author: Gerhard Stilz
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042014190
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 424
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At the beginning of the twenty-first century it is necessary to combine into a productive programme the striving for individual emancipation and the social practice of humanism, in order to help the world survive both the ancient pitfalls of particularist terrorism and the levelling tendencies of cultural indifference engendered by the renewed imperialist arrogance of hegemonial global capital. In this book, thirty-five scholars address and negotiate, in a spirit of learning and understanding, an exemplary variety of intercultural splits and fissures that have opened up in the English-speaking world. Their methodology can be seen to constitute a seminal field of intellectual signposts. They point out ways and means of responsibly assessing colonial predicaments and postcolonial developments in six regions shaped in the past by the British Empire and still associated today through their allegiance to the idea of a Commonwealth of Nations. They show how a new ethic of literary self-assertion, interpretative mediation and critical responsiveness can remove the deeply ingrained prejudices, silences and taboos established by discrimination against race, class and gender.

Dancing on Hot Macadam

Peter Carey's Fiction
Author: Anthony J. Hassall
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702230356
Category: Fiction
Page: 251
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This is the first comprehensive study of one of the world's most gifted and exciting writers. It follows Peter Carey's career from the nightmare-haunted stories of The Fat Man in History and War Crimes to the madcap satire of Bliss, from Illywhacker's picaresque landscapes to Oscar and Lucinda's glittering achievement, and the powerfully confronting vision of The Tax Inspector. Dancing on Hot Macadam is a lucid account of Peter Carey's fiction and its intriguing critical reception. It explores his preoccupation with imprisonment and metamorphosis, and the desire of his characters to escape from bewildering roles, relationships and societies.Dancing on Hot Macadam is another volume in the excellent Studies inAustralian Literature series ... It is a sound and persuasive critique thatgets much better as it goes along.Times Literary SupplementThe book contains a lot of ideas ... and will be the base from which to drawthe map of Carey's fiction as it develops further.Julian Croft Weekend Australian

Postmortem Postmodernists

The Afterlife of the Author in Recent Narrative
Author: Laura E. Savu
Publisher: Associated University Presse
ISBN: 9780838641811
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 290
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This book scrutinizes the genre of the author-as-character with respect to three broad issues--authorship, the posthumous, and cultural revisionism--that arise in reading such works from a contemporary perspective. Late twentieth-century fiction "postmodernizes" romantic and modern authors not only to understand them better, but also to understand itself in relation to a past (literary tradition, aesthetic paradigms, cultural formations, etc.) that has not really passed. Penelope Fitzgerald's The Blue Flower, Peter Ackroyd's The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde and Chatterton, Peter Carey's Jack Maggs, Michael Cunningham's The Hours, Colm Toibin's The Master, and Geoff Dyer's Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D. H. Lawrence--"the mighty dead" (Harold Bloom) are brought back to life, reanimated and bodied forth in new textual bodies that project a post-modern understanding of the author as a historically and culturally contingent subjectivity constructed along the lines of gender, sexual orientation, class, and nationality. Laura E. Savu is a lecturer at the University of Bucharest.

Chemie der Tränen

Author: Peter Carey
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104022380
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Peter Carey erzählt von der Zerbrechlichkeit des Lebens und unseren Versuchen, einmal Zerbrochenes wieder zusammenzusetzen. Eine verlassene Frau, ein einsamer Junge. Catherine ist Kuratorin im Londoner Museum für Kunsthandwerk, ein Haus voller Schätze, in dem sie Uhren und Spieldosen betreut. Und sie ist verlassen, denn ihr Geliebter ist tot. Wie betäubt wendet sie sich einem alten Wunderwerk zu, einem künstlichen Schwan, der vor über 100 Jahren im Schwarzwald erbaut wurde: für einen kleinen Jungen, im Auftrag seines Vaters. Der erhoffte sich von der Maschine das Weiterleben seines Sohnes, so wie Catherine ihre Liebe retten will. Am Ende gelingt es – um den Schwan bildet sich endlich die Familie, von der der Vater immer nur geträumt hatte. Bewegend und einfallsreich, voller Erfindungen, Schlichen und Charme erzählt Peter Carey einen mitreißenden Roman über die Liebe und ein trotziges Buch gegen den Tod.

Parrot und Olivier in Amerika

Author: Peter Carey
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104007454
Category: Fiction
Page: 500
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Parrot und Olivier sind zwei Schiffbrüchige des Lebens: Olivier ist ein junger Adliger und auf der Flucht vor den Wirren nach der Französischen Revolution, Parrot ist der buntscheckige Sohn eines englischen Wanderdruckers. Das Schicksal spannt sie zusammen und schickt sie nach Amerika, wo ein jeder alles werden kann. In einem wilden Parforceritt lernt das ungleiche Paar neue Lektionen in Liebe, Kunst und freiem Unternehmertum. Peter Careys Roman sprüht vor Witz und Fabulierlust; er ist eine Liebeserklärung an das Leben.

A Love of Reading

Reviews of Contemporary Fiction
Author: Robert Adams
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 155199447X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 320
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Every year, Robert Adams prepares a series of five reviews of contemporary novels, to be delivered alone on a theatre stage to sold-out audiences in Toronto and Montreal. In A Love of Reading Adams has now gathered 18 of his most brilliant reviews, from Jack Maggs by Peter Carey and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, to A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry and Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler. In them he skillfully interweaves a nimble and entertaining discussion of plot, theme, and characterization with fascinating historical, biographical, and literary context. He is repeatedly drawn to the spectacle of less-than-perfect humans making their way in a hostile world, and as a result a review by Robert Adams is almost always a hugely satisfying mix of rich pathos and abundant humour. Famously, Adams reads a book a day, from which he selects only those novels that are truly extraordinary, that have made him see some part of the world or some aspect of the human condition in a new light – because for Adams, the best books always take the reader on a journey, with a destination very distant from the point of departure. It should be not only a journey of discovery – an exploration of the author’s vision – but also of risk. By matching one’s own vision to that of the author, says Adams, the reader enters an exciting negotiation to produce a new vision of his own. This joint enterprise between reader and writer, the shared risk and the wonder of discovery, is the foundation of A Love of Reading. • For the last six years, Robert Adams has presented an annual series of book reviews to sold out audiences. Eighty per cent of Adams’ 3,000 subscribers in Toronto and Montreal renew for the following season • This book is a selection of modern classics from a discriminating and entertaining guide • Perfect for reading groups • Quill & Quire, noting the jump in sales of any book reviewed by Adams, has called the phenomenon “The Adams Effect” From the Hardcover edition.

Aesthetic Hysteria

The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Fiction
Author: Ankhi Mukherjee
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135860521
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 140
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Aesthetic Hysteria is a deconstructive psychoanalytic study of hysteria, using literary texts to foreground a telling encounter between two growing discourses within English studies: that of emotion/affect and trauma studies. It brings together several academic foci - the history of medicine, aesthetic theory, speech act theory, feminism, and gender and performance studies. The study uses its theoretical and philosophical questioning of a cultural phenomenon to interrogate the politics and ends of theory, and is timely in addressing similar anxieties dominating contemporary critical and cultural theory.


Author: Alex Barclay
ISBN: 3838700325
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Nach dem blutigen und tragischen Ende einer Routineuntersuchung quittiert Detective Joe Lucchesi seinen Dienst bei der New Yorker Polizei und zieht mit Frau und Sohn in einen ruhigen Ort an der Ostküste Irlands. Sie sind glücklich. Sie fühlen sich sicher. Und sie werden einen Albtraum erleben, der weit schlimmer ist als jener, den sie hinter sich gelassen haben. Denn Joe Lucchesi hat einen Feind, der alles daransetzt, die Familienidylle zu zerstören. Ein Feind, der von unbändigem Hass getrieben wird.

Charles Dickens's Great Expectations

A Cultural Life, 1860-2012
Author: Mary Hammond
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 147240551X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 312
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Great Expectations has had a long, active and sometimes surprising life since its first serialized appearance in All the Year Round between 1 December 1860 and 3 August 1861. In this new publishing and reception history, Mary Hammond demonstrates that while Dickens’s thirteenth novel can tell us a great deal about the dynamic mid-Victorian moment into which it was born, its afterlife beyond the nineteenth-century Anglophone world reveals the full extent of its versatility. Re-assessing generations of Dickens scholarship and using newly discovered archival material, Hammond covers the formative history of Great Expectations' early years, analyses the extent and significance of its global reach, and explores the ways in which it has functioned as literature and stage, TV, film and radio drama from its first appearance to the latest film version of 2012. Appendices include contemporary reviews and comprehensive bibliographies of adaptations and translations. The book is a rich resource for scholars and students of Dickens; of comparative literature; and of publishing, readership, and media history.