The Resource The swan book : a novel, Alexis Wright

The swan book : a novel, Alexis Wright

Label
The swan book : a novel
Title
The swan book
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Alexis Wright
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"An inventive, cacophonous novel about an Aboriginal girl living in a future world turned upside down--where ancient myths exist side-by-side with present-day realities. Oblivia Ethelyne was given her name by an old woman who found her deep in the bowels of a gum tree, tattered and fragile, the victim of a brutal assault by wayward local youths. These are the years leading up to Australia's third centenary, and the woman who finds her, Bella Donna of the Champions, is a refugee from climate change wars that devastated her country in the northern hemisphere. Bella Donna takes Oblivia to live with her on an old warship in a polluted dry swamp and there she fills Oblivia's head with story upon story of swans. Fenced off from the rest of Australia by the Army, its traditional custodians left destitute, the swamp has become "the world's most unknown detention camp" for Indigenous Australians. When Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia invades the swamp with his charismatic persona and the promise of salvation, Oblivia agrees to marry him, becoming First Lady, a role that has her confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city. In this multilayered novel, winnter of the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal, Wright toys with the edges of the world we live in to offer us an intimate portrait of the realities facing Aboriginal people. We meet talking monkeys, genies with doctorates, spirit-guiding swans, and a whole cast of characters drawn from myth and legend and fairy tales. Through symbolism and a dazzling linguistic dexterity--the blending of words and phrases from high and low culture, from English, Aboriginal languages, French, and Latin--Wright beautifully demonstrates how the power of the human imagination can set us free"--
Summary
Having grown up in a polluted dry Australian swamp where her adoptive mother fills her head with fantastical stories, Oblivia Ethelyne is whisked away by Warren Finch, Australia’s first Aboriginal president, who makes her his First Lady and confines her to a tower in a lawless southern city
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, 2014.
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10226728
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wright, Alexis
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Indigenous peoples
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / General
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Australia
Target audience
adult
Label
The swan book : a novel, Alexis Wright
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn929049182
Edition
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781501124785
Lccn
2016000291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)929049182
Label
The swan book : a novel, Alexis Wright
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn929049182
Edition
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781501124785
Lccn
2016000291
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)929049182

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