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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... 2001 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account
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'After living abroad to years, novelist Peter Carey returns home to Sydney and attempts to capture its character with the help of his old friends, drawing the reader into a wild and wonderful journey of discovery and rediscovery as bracing as the southerly buster that sometimes batters Sydney's shores. Famous sights such as Bondi Beach, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains all take on a strange new intensity when exposed to the penetrating gaze of the author and his friends.' - back cover (2008).

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Bloomsbury ,
      2001 .
      Extent: 248p.
      Edition info: 1st US ed.
      ISBN: 1582341664
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Bloomsbury ,
      2008 .
      image of person or book cover 8088488288427651238.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 248p.
      ISBN: 9780747596882
Alternative title: 30 dias em Sydney : um relato desvairadamente distorcido
Alternative title: Trinta dias em Sydney
Language: Portuguese

Works about this Work

Dissecting the Lies of Terra Nullius : The Nightmare of Aboriginal History Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 107-140)
'Most of Peter Carey’s fiction is highly political. His writings are explorations of key issues in Australian politics, ranging from cultural issues to the intricacies of foreign affairs. It is not least because of their strong political appeal that all of his novels can be read as postcolonial fictions. In interviews and in his actual political engagement, the author has made it very clear that he wants to use his position as one of the spokespersons of the liberal left to encourage a redefinition of accepted notions of Australianness, past and present.' (p 107)
A Wildly Distorted Account? : Peter Carey's 30 Days in Sydney Anthony J. Hassall , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 319-333)
Hassall argues that 30 Days in Sydney is consistent both with Carey's 'career-long preoccupation with re-telling aspects of Australia's story' and 'with his practice of doing so via distortions which defamiliarize his subjects, thereby enabling his readers to see them free of those other distortions naturalized by habit and convention. What appears to begin as factual celebrity travel writing ... turns into a collection of stories, of fictions, of beuatiful lies which capture more searchingly than a merely factual travelogue the look, the feel, the history and the spirit of Sydney, that metonym for Australia' (331-332)
The Inescapable Presence of the Past Andreas Gaile , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 16 no. 1 2002; (p. 83-84)

— Review of 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey , 2001 single work autobiography
Untitled Georges-Claude Guilbert , 2001 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Cercles 2000-;

— Review of 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey , 2001 single work autobiography
30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Stephen Cowan , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Antithesis , vol. 12 no. 2001; (p. 165-169)

— Review of 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey , 2001 single work autobiography
The Inescapable Presence of the Past Andreas Gaile , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 16 no. 1 2002; (p. 83-84)

— Review of 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey , 2001 single work autobiography
Untitled Georges-Claude Guilbert , 2001 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Cercles 2000-;

— Review of 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey , 2001 single work autobiography
Sense and the City Nicolas Rothwell , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 July 2001; (p. 6-7)

— Review of 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey , 2001 single work autobiography
Sydney's Element of Surprise Tony Baker , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 August 2001; (p. 19)

— Review of 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey , 2001 single work autobiography
Just Wild About Sydney Town John Birmingham , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 11 August 2001; (p. 9)

— Review of 30 Days in Sydney : A Wildly Distorted Account Peter Carey , 2001 single work autobiography
A Wildly Distorted Account? : Peter Carey's 30 Days in Sydney Anthony J. Hassall , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 319-333)
Hassall argues that 30 Days in Sydney is consistent both with Carey's 'career-long preoccupation with re-telling aspects of Australia's story' and 'with his practice of doing so via distortions which defamiliarize his subjects, thereby enabling his readers to see them free of those other distortions naturalized by habit and convention. What appears to begin as factual celebrity travel writing ... turns into a collection of stories, of fictions, of beuatiful lies which capture more searchingly than a merely factual travelogue the look, the feel, the history and the spirit of Sydney, that metonym for Australia' (331-332)
Dissecting the Lies of Terra Nullius : The Nightmare of Aboriginal History Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 107-140)
'Most of Peter Carey’s fiction is highly political. His writings are explorations of key issues in Australian politics, ranging from cultural issues to the intricacies of foreign affairs. It is not least because of their strong political appeal that all of his novels can be read as postcolonial fictions. In interviews and in his actual political engagement, the author has made it very clear that he wants to use his position as one of the spokespersons of the liberal left to encourage a redefinition of accepted notions of Australianness, past and present.' (p 107)
Carey Casts a Long-Harboured Pall Stephen Romei , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 July 2001; (p. 5)
If It Sucks, Then Say It Peter Holbrook , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 October 2001; (p. 30-31)
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Subjects:
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
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