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Issue Details: First known date: 2013 2013
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'He asked the water to lift him, to carry him, to avenge him. He made his muscles shape his fury, made every stroke declare his hate. And the water obeyed; the water would give him his revenge. No one could beat him, no one came close.

'His whole life Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done - every thought, every dream, every action - takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment.

'His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there and is bullied and shunned as an outsider, but his coach is the best and knows Danny is, too, better than all those rich boys, those pretenders. Danny's win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest boys - he's Barracuda, he's the psycho, he's everything they want to be but don't have the guts to get there. He's going to show them all.

'He would be first, everything would be alright when he came first, all would be put back in place. When he thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm.

'A searing and provocative novel by the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap, Barracuda is an unflinching look at modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families.

'Should we teach our children to win, or should we teach them to live? How do we make and remake our lives? Can we atone for our past? Can we overcome shame? And what does it mean to be a good person?

'Barracuda is about living in Australia right now, about class and sport and politics and migration and education. It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we fill the holes at our centre. It's brutal and tender and blazingly brilliant; everything we have come to expect from this fearless vivisector of our lives and world. ' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

form y Barracuda Belinda Chayko , Blake Ayshford , Australia : Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd , 2016 8569798 2016 series - publisher film/TV

'Based on the book of the same name by Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda follows young Olympic hopeful, Danny Kelly, as he deals with the pressure of obsession.'

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    And now tell it to me

    in other words,

    says the stuffed owl

    to the fly

    which, with a buzz,

    is trying with its head

    to break through the window-pane.

    -The Best Room, or Interpretation of a Poem,

    Miroslav Holub

  • Dedication:

    For Angela Savage

  • Other formats: Also large print; sound recording

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2013 .
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      Extent: 516p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 23 October 2013
      ISBN: 9781743317310 (paperback)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
      c
      Canada,
      c
      Americas,
      :
      HarperCollins , 2014 .
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      Extent: 515p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 4 January 2014
      ISBN: 9781443424837
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hogarth House , 2014 .
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      Extent: 464p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 9 September 2014
      ISBN: 9780804138420
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2015 .
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      Extent: 516p.
      Note/s:
      • Published October 2015
      ISBN: 9781760291358
Note: Translator
Alternative title: Barrakuda : Roman
Language: German
    • Stuttgart,
      c
      Germany,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Klett-Cotta , 2014 .
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      ISBN: 9783608980134, 360898013X

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