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Deception

Author: Michael Meehan
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the blood-soaked streets of 1870 siege of Paris, to the student riots of the 1960s, from a barren, windswept Australian desert landscape to the appalling penal colonies of 19th century New Caledonia, Deception tells an epic, dramatic and sweeping story. It is a novel about history and memory, and how the passage of time means that fiction is the only reliable historical record because it takes in all aspects  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Meehan
ISBN: 9781741754582 1741754585
OCLC Number: 245533246
Description: 1 volume
Responsibility: Michael Meehan.

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'I felt always that the crumbling paper must hold something that was more like speaking flesh and blood that somewhere amid these shreds I would learn something of this family lost to silence;  Read more...

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"Meehan's gift for lushly translating The Tempest into the rain-drenched towns of Victoria, Australia, is powerful, and his tale offers nothing less than a fantastic interpretation of it." --Booklist Read more...

 
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