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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 "We Really Can Make Ourselves Up": An Interview with Peter Carey
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Revisiting Australia : Historical Fabrications, Telling Histories/Stories and Other Colonial Delusions in Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake Sarah Zapata , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature 2010; (p. 219-236)
Rewriting History : Theoretical Premises Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 17-28)

'What Peter Carey once said in an interview with regard to his method in Oscar and Lucinda holds true for all of the author's novels under scrutiny in this study. From Bliss to My Life as a Fake - the reader finds in Carey's writings a version of the Australian experience that is decidedly different from the reconstrustionist account that traditional history books used to offer. Carey's fictional biography of his country bears two diametrically opposed signature traits. It conforms with Mark Twain's oft-quoted assessment of the Australian experience, used by Carey as an epigraph to Illywhacker: 'Australian history is almost always picturesque...It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies.' At the same time, there is a distinct feeling of authenticity, of dealing with empirically analysable data, evidence from the past that is presented to the reader through a seemingly objective narrating agency.' (p. 17)

Rewriting History : Theoretical Premises Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 17-28)

'What Peter Carey once said in an interview with regard to his method in Oscar and Lucinda holds true for all of the author's novels under scrutiny in this study. From Bliss to My Life as a Fake - the reader finds in Carey's writings a version of the Australian experience that is decidedly different from the reconstrustionist account that traditional history books used to offer. Carey's fictional biography of his country bears two diametrically opposed signature traits. It conforms with Mark Twain's oft-quoted assessment of the Australian experience, used by Carey as an epigraph to Illywhacker: 'Australian history is almost always picturesque...It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies.' At the same time, there is a distinct feeling of authenticity, of dealing with empirically analysable data, evidence from the past that is presented to the reader through a seemingly objective narrating agency.' (p. 17)

Revisiting Australia : Historical Fabrications, Telling Histories/Stories and Other Colonial Delusions in Peter Carey’s My Life as a Fake Sarah Zapata , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Issues in Australian Literature 2010; (p. 219-236)
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