Black Rock White City

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Transit Lounge Publishing, 2015 - Australian fiction - 248 pages

Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan's cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children.

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.

'What impresses first about A.S. Patric's novel is the assuredness of the writing, his accomplished and confident language. But what is most moving is the humanity of his story, the vividness and truth of his characters' emotional worlds. Black Rock White City is a bold, mature and compassionate novel, and I couldn't put it down.' - Christos Tsiolkas

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User Review  - icolford - LibraryThing

In his unsettling and explosive first novel, A. S. Patrić tells the story of Jovan and Suzana Brakochevich, Serbian refugees living in Melbourne, Australia. Jovan is a janitor at a hospital. Suzana ... Read full review

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User Review  - jody12 - LibraryThing

There was genuine disappointment in our group for this first 2018 meeting. The themes and content of Black Rock White City seemed promising and everyone was keen to delve into the tough issues, namely ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

A.S. Patric was born in Zemun, Serbia, but has lived in Australia since childhood. He is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Melbourne, and is a bookseller. His short stories include The Rattler and Other Stories (2011), Las Vegas for Vegans (2012), and Bruno Kramzer: A Long Story (2013). His debut novel is Black Rock White City, for which he won the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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