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The Swan Book: A Novel by [Alexis Wright]
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Length: 321 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


“Told in dense prose full of evocative imagery, Wright's book deftly highlights the racial and cultural politics facing Australia's indigenous people in a story that defies genre. It is a challenging and heartbreaking story that illuminates the culture and struggles of an often overlooked people.”

  (Publishers Weekly)

"Astonishingly inventive." (O, The Oprah Magazine)

“Rich with allegory and symbolism, this wild, explosive story blends the myths and legends of numerous cultures in a dystopian near future…significant and contemporary, in the style of Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day (1988).”

  (Booklist (starred review))

“Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book is hypnotic and disturbing…a very unusual book…This is definitely one of the books Sir Francis Bacon would recommend that we chew and digest.” 
  (A Bookish Type)

International Praise for The Swan Book:

"It is a bitter, lovely, and tragic book; and not only the author but also the publisher should be commended." (Australian Book Review)

"The Swan Book might be one of the most important Australian novels yet." (Sydney Morning Herald)

"Bears all the hallmarks of Wright’s astonishing narrative powers: her linguistic dexterity, mashing words and phrases from high and low culture, from English, Aboriginal languages, French and Latin; her humour and scathing satire; her fierce political purpose; her genre bending; her virtuosic gift for interweaving stories on multiple levels, from the literal to the metaphoric, the folkloric and the mythic. But The Swan Book takes all these – especially the last – to new levels." (Sydney Review of Books)

About the Author

Alexis Wright, a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria, is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and fearless writers. Her previous novel, Carpentaria, won the Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary prize.

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  • File Size : 4349 KB
  • Publisher : Atria Books; Reprint Edition (June 28, 2016)
  • Print Length : 321 pages
  • Publication Date : June 28, 2016
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0176M3PZQ
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 29 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Politically and ecologically engaged Aboriginal Australian novel
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 6, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Metaphors within metaphors
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3.0 out of 5 stars The quality of the book is good, the hardcover is sturdy
Reviewed in Canada on February 3, 2017
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gute Qualität, fragwürdige Storyline
Reviewed in Germany on October 27, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book
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