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Ari is nineteen, Greek, gay, unemployed, looking for something - anything - to take him away from his aimless existence in suburban Melbourne. Torn between the traditional Greek world of his parents and friends and the alluring, destructive world of clubs and drugs and anonymous sex, all Ari can do is ease his pain in the only way he knows how. Christos Tsiolkas' The Slap became an international bestseller and was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2009. This is his sensational first novel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 11mm | 119g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099757710
  • 9780099757719
  • 134,746

About Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of six novels: Loaded (filmed as Head-On) The Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. His most recent novel, Barracuda, was published in 2014, followed by a collection of stories, Merciless Gods, in 2015. and He is also a playwright, essayist and screen writer. He lives in Melbourne.show more

Review quote

"An addictive read... Loaded is a must for your suitcase" * Stylist * "Loaded is a high-octane, drug- and sex-fuelled romp through 24 hours in the life of Ari, a 19-year-old Greek-Australian gay man living on the margins of society. ... there is such a remarkable energy about Ari's narrative in Loaded, and so much self-aware humour and pathos, that it is utterly absorbing, and reminiscent in that respect of such debut novels as Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero or Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. Loaded is a glorious, almighty "fuck you" to Australian society, a primal howl of angst and anguish." -- Doug Johnstone * Independent on Sunday * "Praise for The Slap: Nothing short of a tour de force. Tsiolkas outs a microscope to family life and presents us with a vision both of unflinching honesty and great tenderness. Here is a novel of immense power and scope, reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and Don De Lillo's Underworld" -- Colm Toibinshow more

Back cover copy

The explosive first novel from the author of The Slap Ari is nineteen, Greek, gay, unemployed, looking for something - anything - to take him away from his aimless existence in suburban Melbourne. Torn between the traditional Greek world of his parents and friends and the alluring, destructive world of clubs and drugs and anonymous sex, all Ari can do is ease his pain in the only way he knows how. PRAISE FOR CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS AND LOADED: 'Passionate and angry, Loaded is one of the finest Australian novels I have read...pushing the reader into a face-to-face confrontation with the tensions that underlie Australian culture' James Bradley, author of The Resurrectionist 'Witness the excoriating power of Christos Tsiolkas's novel, Loaded, with its acidic, intelligent protagonist... Extraordinary' The Australian 'One of the most significant contemporary storytellers at work today' Colm Toibinshow more

Review Text

"Praise for The Slap: Nothing short of a tour de force. Tsiolkas outs a microscope to family life and presents us with a vision both of unflinching honesty and great tenderness. Here is a novel of immense power and scope, reminiscent of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and Don De Lillo's Underworld"show more

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1,196 ratings
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4 34% (403)
3 33% (389)
2 11% (128)
1 4% (53)
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