Dancing on Hot Macadam: Peter Carey's Fiction

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Univ. of Queensland Press, 1998 - Fiction - 251 pages
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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
  

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Contents

The Dreadful Beauty of the Apocalypse
1
Stories from a Broken Culture
30
Telling Lies and Stories
63
The Prison House of Fiction
82
Crystal Palace
116
The Angels Are Not Winning
142
The Periphery Shouting at the Centre
165
Winners and Losers
187
Afterword
207
Bibliography
230
Index
247
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