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Winner of the 2015 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize

Lives are turned upside down by a bureaucratic error in this Kafkaesque work of neo-absurdism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 10.92mm | 208.65g
  • Seizure
  • Australia
  • English
  • 1921134607
  • 9781921134609
  • 855,746

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'Original, intelligent and compelling - a rare combination. Formaldehyde pulls off a complex narrative with frequent time and point-of-view shifts without ever losing the reader. For a novella that borders on the Kafkaesque, it has a good deal of heart. The interconnecting stories are handled adroitly - the clever structure never gets in the way of the writing, which is sharply observed, assured and witty. Smart but never showy. The most original novel I've read for some time.' Graeme Simsion

'Immerse yourself in Jane Rawson's Formaldehyde if you like the seriously weird or the creepily wonderful. This story has small but persistent claws; under cover of its smooth, conversational narration you will be clasped and dragged into some tough, strange places. Let it take you there. Let it blow your tiny mind.' Margo Lanagan

'Skipping across different times and genres, Formaldehyde is a wonderfully strange and inventive story of love, loss and severed limbs.' Ryan O'Neill
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About Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson was born and raised in Canberra and now lives in Melbourne's west with a bagel-baking husband and two good-looking cats. For money, she writes about technology and social justice for a non-profit IT company. Her first novel, A Wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, was shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and won the Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award; while her second novel, From the Wreck, was published to acclaim in 2017. Jane is the author of a non-fiction guide to surviving and living with climate change called The Handbook. Her novella Formaldehyde won the 2015 Seizure Viva La Novella Prize.
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103 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 29% (30)
4 58% (60)
3 9% (9)
2 3% (3)
1 1% (1)
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