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The Resource Carpentaria, Alexis Wright

Carpentaria, Alexis Wright

Label
Carpentaria
Title
Carpentaria
Statement of responsibility
Alexis Wright
Title variation
Carpenteria
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
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.
Award
  • Australian Book Industry Awards, Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2007.
  • Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, 2007.
  • Miles Franklin Award, 2007.
  • Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Fiction Book Award, 2007.
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2007.
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180287
Cataloging source
ANL
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1950-
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Wright, Alexis
Dewey number
823.3
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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University of Western Sydney
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True
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  • Storytelling in literature
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Land tenure
  • Queensland
  • Carpentaria, Gulf of (N.T. and Qld.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Carpentaria, Alexis Wright
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Published ... for the Writing & Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney"--T.p. verso
Control code
000040346918
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
519 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781920882174
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Label
Carpentaria, Alexis Wright
Publication
Note
"Published ... for the Writing & Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney"--T.p. verso
Control code
000040346918
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
519 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781920882174
Isbn Type
(pbk.)

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