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Caravan Story

A brilliant satire on the role of the artists in our society and the manipulation of culture.

The first caravans arrive in a convoy. Wayne Macauley’s narrator, Wayne Macauley, is in one of them. He’s one of the artists removed from his home, given a new place to live and the chance to ‘give back to society’. In his strange new community, housed on a footy oval in a faraway country town, he is given his task. To create and be useful. To be thankful for the opportunity. He decides he will not give in to his misgivings; he will write. Then he finds out about the rejection slips already written for the work he has yet to submit…

Wayne Macauley
About the Author

Wayne Macauley is the author of the acclaimed novels Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe,Caravan Story,The Cookand Demons. The Cook was shortlisted for a Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award.

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Extent:
224pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
25 July 2012
ISBN:
9781922079121
AU Price:
$19.99
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Praise for Wayne Macauley
andCaravan Story

‘A delicacy and wryness, a sort of tough reversal of expectations, that relaxes the mind and sends it skidding on the thinnest ice of elegance…If Macauley is black he’s satiny.‘

‘In an era when many Australian novelists are playing it safe…Wayne Macauley is an ambitious talent worth watching.’

‘Wayne Macauley’s first novel, Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe, showed that a real talent had arrived and his second confirms the promise.‘

‘Mixing elegy and whimsy, satire and black humour, language becomes pliant under Macauley’s command.’

‘A lament but also a call to arms, Caravan Story is a thrilling piece of satire, a compulsively readable, extremely well-wrought Orwellian fable that I believe announces the arrival of Macauley as a major Australian writer.’

‘In an age of corporate excess, of truth distorted by commercial demands, of the triumph of utilitarianism, Macauley’s warning, albeit in satirical form, sounds a clarion call. Art needs no reason to exist save its own purpose to entertain, enlighten, provoke and surprise. And what a delightfully entertaining way for us to realise that!’

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  • Caravan Story
    ebook
    ISBN: 9781921961359
    25 July 2012
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