The Swan Book: A Novel

The Swan Book: A Novel

an artistic, cacophonous novel approximately an Aboriginal lady dwelling in a destiny global became upside down—where old myths exist side-by-side with present-day realities.

Oblivia Ethelyne used to be given her identify by way of an outdated girl who came across her deep within the bowels of a gum tree, tattered and fragile, the sufferer of a brutal attack via wayward neighborhood youths. those are the years prime as much as Australia’s 3rd centenary, and the lady who unearths her, Bella Donna of the Champions, is a refugee from weather switch wars that devastated her state within the northern hemisphere. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to reside together with her on an outdated warship in a polluted dry swamp and there she fills Oblivia’s head with tale upon tale of swans.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 such a lot unknown detention camp” for Indigenous Australians. while Warren Finch, the 1st Aboriginal president of Australia invades the swamp along with his charismatic character and the promise of salvation, Oblivia is of the same opinion to marry him, changing into First girl, a task that has her restrained 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 perimeters of the area we are living in to provide us an intimate portrait of the realities dealing with Aboriginal humans. We meet speaking monkeys, genies with doctorates, spirit-guiding swans, and a complete forged of characters drawn from fantasy 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 superbly demonstrates how the facility of the human mind's eye can set us unfastened.

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