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Carpentaria

Author: Alexis Wright
Publisher: Artarmon, NSW : Giramondo, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Centred on the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance, a township shaped by cyclones, monsoonal floods and a river that spurns human endeavour with its incomprehensible tides, it tells the story of the powerful Phantom family. Led by Norm Phantom, the great fish-embalming king of time, legendary storyteller, suspected murderer and leader of the Pricklebush people, the Phantoms battle to retain sovereignty  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wright, Alexis, 1950-
Carpentaria.
Artarmon, NSW : Giramondo, 2006
(OCoLC)607058868
Online version:
Wright, Alexis, 1950-
Carpentaria.
Artarmon, NSW : Giramondo, 2006
(OCoLC)607807233
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis Wright
ISBN: 1920882170 9781920882174
OCLC Number: 85863382
Awards: Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction 2007.
Winner of Miles Franklin Literary Award 2007.
Winner of Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 2007.
Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2007.
Shortlisted for Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Fiction Book 2007.
Description: 519 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Alexis Wright.

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Centred on the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance, a township shaped by cyclones, monsoonal floods and a river that spurns human endeavour with its incomprehensible tides, it tells the story of the powerful Phantom family. Led by Norm Phantom, the great fish-embalming king of time, legendary storyteller, suspected murderer and leader of the Pricklebush people, the Phantoms battle to retain sovereignty over a country where "legends and ghosts live side by side". Sovereignty depends on stories. The official version of the region's history makes no mention of the Phantoms or the Great War of the Dump that burst the Pricklebush people apart and set Eastsider against Westsider. Nor does it mention the old tribal tensions that resurfaced and the search for lost ancestral stories that lay claim to traditional ownership.

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