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The Swan Book


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Alexis Wright, a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria, is one of Australia's most acclaimed and fearless writers. Her previous novel, Carpentaria, won the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary prize.


"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)

"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
"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

"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
Praise for Carpentaria

"[A] magisterial yet colloquial voice which [transforms] the oral tradition of the country's indigenous people into a swirling narrative spiked with burlesque humor and featuring a huge cast of eccentric characters."--The New York Times Book Review

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