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Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'The literary event of 2015. Steve Toltz follows his extraordinary debut, the Booker-shortlisted A Fraction of the Whole, with a novel that's just as edgy, hilarious and compelling: Quicksand, at once unmistakeably Toltzean and unlike anything that's come before.

'Aldo has been so relentlessly unlucky – in business, in love, in life – that the universe seems to have taken against him personally. Even Liam, his best friend, describes him as 'a well-known parasite and failure'. Aldo has always faced the future with optimism and despair in equal measure, but this last twist of fate may finally have brought him undone.

'There's hope, but not for Aldo.

'Liam hasn't been doing much better himself: a failed writer with a rocky marriage and a dangerous job he never wanted. But something good may come out of Aldo's lowest point. Liam may finally have found his inspiration. Together, maybe they can turn bad luck into an art form.

'What begins as a document of Aldo's disasters develops into a profound story of love lost, found and betrayed; of freedom and incarceration; of suffering and transcendence; of fate, faith and friendship; of taking risks – in art, work, love and life – and finding inspiration in all the wrong places.

'Quicksand is a fearlessly funny, outrageously inventive dark comedy that looks contemporary life unblinkingly in the eye. It confirms Steve Toltz as one of our most original and insightful novelists.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Marlowe

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Random House Australia , 2015 .
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      Extent: 435p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 22nd April 2015
      ISBN: 9781926428680
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Sceptre , 2015 .
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      Extent: 435p.p.
      ISBN: 9781473606050, 1473606055, 9781473606067, 1473606063
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Simon and Schuster , 2015 .
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      Extent: 368p.p.
      Note/s:
      • To be published September 2015.
      ISBN: 9781476797823
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2016 .
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      Extent: 448p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 16 May 2016
      ISBN: 9780143573838

Works about this Work

Steve Toltz : Quicksand Yang Jing , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , March vol. 90 no. 2 2016; (p. 87-88)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Steve Toltz Pip Cummings , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Age , 2-3 May 2015; (p. 24) The Canberra Times , 2 May 2015; (p. 13) The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 May 2015; (p. 24)
Stretching a Friendship Ed Wright , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 May 2015; (p. 18)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
The Full Catastrophes of Aldo and His Fall from Grace Emily Maguire , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 29) The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 33)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Heroic Missteps Amid All the Talk Thuy On , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 May 2015; (p. 17)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Steve Toltz on Quicksand : I Exaggerate a Part of My Alter Ego for Fictional Purposes Steve Dow , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 22 May 2015;
'As the Man Booker-nominated author returns with his second novel, he discusses fatherhood, death, the absurdity of human endurance and tapping his own dark side'
Toltz No.2 Leigh Sales , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 23 May 2015;
Review : Quicksand AF , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 25 April 2015;

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Steve Toltz : Quicksand Donna Lu , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , June 2015;

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Well Read Margot Lloyd , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 June 2015; (p. 32)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Cherry on Top Chris Flynn , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 371 2015; (p. 30)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Stretching a Friendship Ed Wright , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 May 2015; (p. 18)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
The Full Catastrophes of Aldo and His Fall from Grace Emily Maguire , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 29) The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 May 2015; (p. 33)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Heroic Missteps Amid All the Talk Thuy On , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 24 May 2015; (p. 17)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Review : Quicksand AF , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 25 April 2015;

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Steve Toltz : Quicksand Donna Lu , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , June 2015;

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Cherry on Top Chris Flynn , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 371 2015; (p. 30)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Well Read Margot Lloyd , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 June 2015; (p. 32)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Steve Toltz : Quicksand Yang Jing , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , March vol. 90 no. 2 2016; (p. 87-88)

— Review of Quicksand Steve Toltz 2015 single work novel
Steve Toltz Pip Cummings , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Age , 2-3 May 2015; (p. 24) The Canberra Times , 2 May 2015; (p. 13) The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 May 2015; (p. 24)
Steve Toltz on Quicksand : I Exaggerate a Part of My Alter Ego for Fictional Purposes Steve Dow , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 22 May 2015;
'As the Man Booker-nominated author returns with his second novel, he discusses fatherhood, death, the absurdity of human endurance and tapping his own dark side'
Toltz No.2 Leigh Sales , 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 23 May 2015;
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