Collected Stories

Collected Stories

By (author) Peter Carey


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Peter Carey is justly renowned for his novels, which have included the Booker Prize-winning titles Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang. He is also a dazzling writer of short stories and this volume collects together all the stories from The Fat Man in History and War Crimes as well as three other stories not previously published in book form. The stories, persuasive and precisely crafted, reveal Carey to be a moralist with a sense of humour, a surrealist interested in naturalism and an urban poet delighting in paradox.

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 28mm | 240.4g
  • 19 Aug 1996
  • London
  • English
  • Main
  • 0571175864
  • 9780571175864
  • 41,926

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Author Information

Peter Carey received the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda and again for True History of the Kelly Gang. His novel, Parrot and Olivier in America, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2010. His other honours include the Commonwealth Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York for twenty years.

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Three new pieces are included in this collection of the stories from Carey's two previous volumes, The Fat Man in History and War Crimes. It is a joy to have such a dizzying selection of his work between two covers: the dangerous ambitions of a respectable lover in 'A Million Dollars Worth of Amphetamines'; the extraterrestrial-nightmare scenario that begins so innocently in 'Exotic Pleasures'; the melancholy surrealism of 'Conversations with Unicorns'. Outlandish, disturbing and sometimes savagely funny. (Kirkus UK)

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