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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In a small town in northern Australia dominated by a haze cloud, a crazed visionary sees donkeys as the solution to the global climate crisis and the economic dependency of the Aboriginal people. His wife seeks solace from his madness in the dance of moths and butterflies. One of their sons, called Aboriginal Sovereignty, is determined to commit suicide. The other, Tommyhawk, wishes his brother dead so that he can pursue his dream of becoming white and powerful. Praiseworthy is a novel which pushes allegory and language to its limits, a cry of outrage against oppression and disadvantage, and a fable for the end of days.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Alexis
Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her books include Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in Tennant Creek, and the novels Plains of Promise, and Carpentaria, which won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Victorian and Queensland Premiers’ Awards and the ALS Gold Medal, and was published in the US, UK, China, Italy, France, Spain and Poland. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the University of Western Sydney’s Writing and Society Research Centre. Photo Credit: Vincent Long

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her books include Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in Tennant Creek, and the novels Plains of Promise, and Carpentaria, which won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Victorian and Queensland Premiers’ Awards and the ALS Gold Medal, and was published in the US, UK, China, Italy, France, Spain and Poland. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the University of Western Sydney’s Writing and Society Research Centre. Photo Credit: Vincent Long

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Praiseworthy is electric. Each sentence unfolds unexpectedly and pushes the reader to sit in something that glimmers elegiac, polemic, earthy, lyric and theatrical. As a craftsperson, few can match Wright. Her use of language is dazzling in the truest sense of the world – bewildering and surprising with brilliance. Wright incorporates literary references and Marquezian magic realism with techniques drawn from the long traditions of Aboriginal storytelling. The story layers issues of climate change and environmental destruction on the violence of colonisation and concept of sovereignty and pushes readers to wrestle more deeply with their understanding of these things.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/04/2023
Country
Australia
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Giramondo Publishing
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