The Swan Book: A Novel

The Swan Book: A Novel


a creative, cacophonous novel approximately an Aboriginal lady dwelling in a destiny global grew to become upside down—where historical myths exist side-by-side with present-day realities.

Oblivia Ethelyne was once given her identify through an outdated lady who stumbled on her deep within the bowels of a gum tree, tattered and fragile, the sufferer of a brutal attack by way of wayward neighborhood youths. those are the years best as much as Australia’s 3rd centenary, and the lady who reveals her, Bella Donna of the Champions, is a refugee from weather swap wars that devastated her state within the northern hemisphere. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to stay together with her on an previous warship in a polluted dry swamp and there she fills Oblivia’s head with tale upon tale of swans. Fenced off from the remainder of Australia by means of the military, its conventional custodians left destitute, the swamp has develop into “the world’s so much unknown detention camp” for Indigenous Australians. while Warren Finch, the 1st Aboriginal president of Australia invades the swamp together with his charismatic character and the promise of salvation, Oblivia consents to marry him, changing into First woman, a task that has her restricted to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city.

during this multilayered novel, winnter of the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal, Wright toys with the sides of the area we are living in to supply us an intimate portrait of the realities dealing with Aboriginal humans. We meet speaking monkeys, genies with doctorates, spirit-guiding swans, and a complete solid of characters drawn from delusion and legend and fairy stories. via symbolism and a blinding linguistic dexterity—the mixing of phrases and words from low and high tradition, from English, Aboriginal languages, French, and Latin—Wright fantastically demonstrates how the ability of the human mind's eye can set us loose.

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