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Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

'This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event.

'In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue. The slap and its consequences force them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desires.

'What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity - all the passions and conflicting beliefs - that family can arouse. In its clear-eyed and forensic dissection of the ever-growing middle class and its aspirations and fears, The Slap is also a poignant, provocative novel about the nature of loyalty and happiness, compromise and truth.' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

form y The Slap Tony Ayres , Australia : ABC Television Matchbox Pictures , 2011 Z1699408 2011 series - publisher film/TV 'The series starts at an Australian backyard BBQ. Amongst alcohol, friendship and a children's cricket game a man slaps a child who is not his son. The party comes to a sudden halt. The child's parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. As the series unfolds the police become involved and friends and family are forced to take sides. One cousin is forced to testify against another. Couples are caught in the crossfire. Beliefs are tested and relationships strained.

'The story is told through the points of view of eight characters as the court case proceeds, as affairs begin and end, as a pregnancy is decided and marriages morph and change. Each character's life is profoundly affected by "the slap", and each of the main character is metaphorically slapped as they are forced to face up to fundamental truths about themselves.'

Source: The Slap website http://www.abc.net.au/tv/theslap/about/ (Sighted 11/10/2011)
form y The Slap Jon Robin Baitz , United States of America (USA) : Matchbox Pictures Universal Television NBC , 2015 8280562 2015 series - publisher film/TV

'Meet Hector [...], a public servant, husband, father and valued friend on the cusp of his 40th birthday. Meet Aisha [...], Hector's beautiful and intelligent wife who is planning his party filled with friends and his very boisterous Greek family. Sounds like the makings of a great day, right? Wrong.

'As Hector tries to navigate family politics, awkward friendships and the young woman he is dangerously captivated by, the built-up tension explodes when Hector's hotheaded cousin slaps another couple's misbehaving child. Everyone is understandably stunned, and the party abruptly ends with the child's parents vowing legal action. What the hosts and guests don't know, however, is that this moment will ignite a chain of events that will uncover long-buried secrets within this group of friends and family... and vigorously challenge the core values of everyone involved.'

Source: NBC (http://www.nbc.com/the-slap). (Sighted: 3/2/2015)

Notes

  • Ranked #8 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording (read by Alex Dimitiades), large print, e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2008 .
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      Extent: 483p.
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      • Publication date: November 2008.
      ISBN: 9781741753592
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2010 .
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 485p.
      Edition info: Special edition to commemorate Allen and Unwin's 20th birthday celebrations.
      ISBN: 9781742374222 (hbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Penguin , 2010 .
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      Extent: 483p.
      ISBN: 9780143117148 (pbk.)
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      Harper Perennial , 2010 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781554686469 (pbk.)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2011 .
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      Extent: 588p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date September, 2011.
      • Television tie-in publication for the ABC1 series. Cover features series cast members.
      ISBN: 9781742375601
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      Atlantic Books , 2011 .
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      Extent: 485p.
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      • Published 17 March 2011
      ISBN: 9781848873568
    • London,
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      England,
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      Tuskar Rock Press , 2010 .
      Extent: 485p.
      Edition info: Special limited edition.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: May 2010.
      ISBN: 9781848873551 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Man on a Mission Rachel Cook (interviewer), single work interview
— Appears in: Melbourne Community Voice , 13 June no. 597 (p. 12-13)
26 Aussie Books You Must Read Blanche Clark , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 January 2015; (p. 18-19)
'With Australia Day upons us...26 great Australian Books that have helped shape and define our nation...'
The Dream of Love in Tsiolkas' The Slap Anna Poletti , Ali Alizadeh , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 212-225)
'This article explores the depiction of love and its most recognisable institutional form, marriage, in Christos Tsiolkas' bestselling novel The Slap...' (212)
Borrowers Stay True to Favourite Authors Linda Morris , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 February 2014; (p. 23)
The View from Here : Literature Jason Steger , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 26 January 2013; (p. 14)
Me and My Country, Where to Now? Heather Taylor Johnson (interviewer), 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 72 no. 1 2013; (p. 178-188)

In a wide-ranging interview, Tsiolkas discusses film and television adaptations of his work, critical reception of his work, his politics, the role of sex in his books, and what the description of his books as 'controversial' might mean.

Celebrating Great Australian Writing : First Tuesday Book Club 2013 single work column
— Appears in: InCite , 1 January vol. 34 no. 1/2 2013; (p. 18-20)
Metapolitics vs. Identity Politics : (Re-)Radicalising the Postcolonial Penelope Pitt-Alizadeh , Ali Alizadeh , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 73 no. 1 2013; (p. 57-74)

'Postcolonialism may be defined as a theoretical framework for reading and appreciating cultural production between normative Western "forms of social explanation" and "more complex cultural and political boundaries" that demarcate responses to this normativity (Bhabha 248) As such, this framework has been extremely beneficial for, among other things, introducing and highlighting the work of writers from non-Western cultural backgrounds, particularly Indigenous and multicultural or diasporic writers whose works convey conceptual and aesthetic themes and values at once foreign and responsive to Western European literary modalities. Thanks to postcolonial theory and associated methodologies, a very diverse range of writers from a host of cultural origins and locations has been accepted by and incorporated into most, if not all, Western academic and literary milieus.' (Authors' introduction.)

Slap Author Packing New Punch Fran Metcalf , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 October 2013; (p. 41)
Against the Tide William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 19-20 October 2013; (p. 14,16)
Colonising Time : Steven Carroll’s Reinvention of Suburbia Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;
'Suburbia is a familiar topos in Australian fiction. Its address to colonisation is mostly oblique, yielded through its focus on the inauthenticity and restlessness of a settler modernity typically sourced in the white Anglo culture of pre 1970s decades. Yet the actual suburbs of postwar Australia are multiplicitous and shifting, always in tension with the imagined terrain of fictional suburbia. My paper explores literary suburbs as constituted by a complex set of orientations towards the real and the imagined. It reads the ways that Steven Carroll’s fictional suburbia indexes real world localities, while simultaneously serving as locus for reinvention of the novel in Australia, through forms of interior consciousness and temporality affiliated with European models of literary modernism. In Spirit of Progress (2011), Carroll's narrative engages with classic Anglo-Australian suburbia as a representational field, working with and against the real of history, even as it mines the seam of suburbia as a site of both colonization and forgetting, and of longing and return.' (Author's abstract)
Slap Bang in Middle of Search for Balance Wendy Frew , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 January 2012; (p. 2)
Literary Heroes Forgotten Michael Heywood , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 22 January 2012; (p. 9)
The Slap Hits Home Scott Ellis , Matt Buchanan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 February 2012; (p. 18)
The Virtue of Self-Discipline : Reading Tsiolkas and Foucault Peter Mathews , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 57 no. 1 2012; (p. 209-223)
Future for Writers and Publishers Linked to Bookselling Mark Rubbo , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 July 2012; (p. 13)
Melbourne by the Book John Bailey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 August 2012; (p. 8-9)
The Slap : Life Imitates Art in the Suburbs Nicolas Perpitch , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 17 August 2012; (p. 1, 8)
Slap Echoes in the Harried World of Modern Parenting Christine Jackman , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 August 2012; (p. 3)
'The Bad Man's Going to Jail': The Ethics and Politics of Childhood in The Slap Lucy Hopkins , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions 2012; (p. 178-190)
Untitled Scott Whitmont , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 88 no. 3 2008; (p. 32)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
When the Smoke Clears Gerard Windsor , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 November 2008; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Barbecue Stopper Lucy Clark , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 9 November 2008; (p. 18)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
The Hand That Wrecked the Barbie Louise Swinn , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 8 November 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Smack Dab in the Middle Class Venero Armanno , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 November 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
A Furious Moralist James Ley , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 306 2008; (p. 9-10)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Brawl in the Family Delia Falconer , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , November vol. 3 no. 10 2008; (p. 24)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Untitled Mary Ellen Jordan , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , November no. 40 2008; (p. 72)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Book of the Week Liza Power , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 16 November 2008; (p. 34)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
When Harry Slapped Hugo, All Hell Began Rachel Cunneen , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 November 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Human Nature Bared Katharine England , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 November 2008; (p. 11)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Summer Reading Gillian Dooley , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , January no. 347 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel ; Breath Tim Winton 2008 single work novel ; The White Tiger Aravind Adiga 2008 single work novel ; The Complete Stories David Malouf 2007 selected work short story
Books Susan Wyndham , Kris Humphreys , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: SundayLife , 21 December 2008; (p. 26)

— Review of Breath Tim Winton 2008 single work novel ; The Rip Robert Drewe 2008 selected work short story ; The Great Fletch : The Dazzling Life of Wimbledon Aussie Larrikin Ken Fletcher Hugh Lunn 2008 single work biography ; The House at Salvation Creek Susan Duncan 2008 single work autobiography ; The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel ; The Islands Di Morrissey 2008 single work novel
Fading Irate Energy Rebecca Starford , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 22 no. 2 2008; (p. 171-172)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel

Starford argues that Tsiolkas's novels are characterised by urgency and 'irate energy' (171), but that The Slap has too many points of view, and that the characters of Rosie and Gary do not receive a 'nuanced portrait' (172).

Slap Schtick Hits Vein Christos Tsiolkas , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 13 March 2009; (p. 8)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Forms of Hunger and Hysteria : Recent Australian Fiction Kalinda Ashton , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 194 2009; (p. 93-96)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel ; Vertigo : A Pastoral Amanda Lohrey 2008 single work novella ; Wanting Richard Flanagan 2008 single work novel ; Bird Sophie Cunningham 2008 single work novel ; Disquiet Julia Leigh 2008 single work novella

Ashton discusses narrative technique and the notion of family in Tsiolkas's The Slap, Cunningham's Bird, Flanagan's Wanting, Leigh's Disquiet, and Lohrey's Vertigo. The review spends most time on The Slap, and Ashton argues that the novel's focus on family should be seen not as a flight from politics, but as 'a flight to the politics of the middle-class family' (93).

This Year's Work in Fiction 2008-2009 Susan Midalia , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 54 no. 1 2009; (p. 51-64)

— Review of The Pages Murray Bail 2008 single work novel ; The Lieutenant Kate Grenville 2008 single work novel ; The Spare Room Helen Garner 2008 single work novel ; The Anatomy of Wings Karen Foxlee 2006 single work novel ; Boy On A Wire Jon Doust 2009 single work novel ; The Sinkings Amanda Curtin 2008 single work novel ; Bird Sophie Cunningham 2008 single work novel ; One Foot Wrong Sofie Laguna 2008 single work novel ; Avenue of Eternal Peace Nicholas Jose 1989 single work novel ; Life in Seven Mistakes Susan Johnson 2008 single work novel ; The Steele Diaries Wendy James 2008 single work novel ; Butterfly Sonya Hartnett 2009 single work novel ; Dissection Jacinta Halloran 2007 single work novel ; Fugitive Blue Claire Thomas 2008 single work novel ; Sweet Tracy Ryan 2008 single work novel ; The Virtuoso Sonia Orchard 2009 single work novel ; Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel ; The Good Parents Joan London 2008 single work novel ; Vertigo : A Pastoral Amanda Lohrey 2008 single work novella ; The Boat Nam Le 2008 selected work short story ; New Australian Stories 2009 anthology short story ; The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
The Secret Lives of Them Jean-François Vernay , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 36 no. 2009; (p. 183-185)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Jean-Francois Vernay finds the core event of the novel, an adult slapping an unruly child at a party, to be too flimsy to sustain the novel's 488 pages. With Tsiolkas's style in this novel seemingly informed by 'soap opera culture' spiced up with unconvincing 'slap and tickle scenes', Vernay suggests that readers who have enjoyed his previous works should 'slap the book on the table and eagerly wait for the next one'.
Freakazoid Melissa Denes , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 19 August vol. 32 no. 16 2010; (p. 26 - 28)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel

Denes writes about the style of and characterisation in The Slap, with a particular focus on the anger and sex in the book. Denes argues that the novel is 'one-dimensional,' and the 'characters lapse too regularly into cliché, the language of teen fiction, porn or advertising.'

Untitled Ron Klein , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 3 no. 2 2011;

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
A Slap in the Face Michael Harry , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 22 November 2008; (p. 11)
The Passion of Christos Caroline Baum , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 13 December 2008; (p. 27-28, 31)
Novel Touches on Country's Nerves Miriam Cosic , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 March 2009; (p. 4)
Prize for Tsiolkas 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 March 2009; (p. 16)
Franklin Listing Tops Tsiolkas's Big Week Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 March 2009; (p. 16)
Melbourne Author Gets Nod Jason Steger , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 12 March 2009; (p. 4)
What I'm Reading : Nathan Rees, Premier and Minister for the Arts Nathan Rees , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-12 April 2009; (p. 28)
The $42,000 Question Morag Fraser , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 April 2009; (p. 33)
Are We Getting a Bit Snooty about What We Expect from Literary Fiction? Lisa Pryor , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 May 2009; (p. 7)
Slap Author Sees Chance to Slip in Marbles Plea Deborah Snow , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 May 2009; (p. 2)
Edgy Suburban Drama Wins Commonwealth Prize for Melbourne Writer Gia Metherell , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 17 May 2009; (p. 5)
Blown Away Tsiolkas Takes Prize John Mangan , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 17 May 2009; (p. 7)
The Slap That Bred a Prize Debate Caroline Overington , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 May 2009; (p. 3)
A Smack Turns into a Slap on the Back for Tsiolkas John Mangan , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 17 May 2009; (p. 37)
The Slap Gets Nod for Small Screen Nicole Brady , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 May 2009; (p. 5)
Barbecue Stopper Sally Pryor , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 30 May 2009; (p. 11, 18)
Five Males and a Miles Jason Steger , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 13 June 2009; (p. 24-25)
Jason Steger previews the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award. He looks at each of the shortlisted works in turn, noting their authorship, their 'form' and quoting from reviews previously published in the Age.
Chk-Chk Bigotry Boom Jason Di Russo , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 June 2009; (p. 24)
Delivering a Punch : Michael Williams Talks to Christos Tsiolkas Michael Williams (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 68 no. 2 2009; (p. 142-153)

Tsiolkas discusses Loaded, Jesus Man and Dead Europe as a kind of 'trilogy', and how they relate to The Slap. He talks about his writing process; sex and aggression in his writing; family and community in The Slap; characterisation in The Slap.

Slip, Slop, Slap George Megalogenis , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , July vol. 4 no. 6 2009; (p. 21)
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