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Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 My Life as a Fake
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Sarah Wode-Douglas is an aristocratic woman who has made her living as the editor of the poetry magazine "First Proof", until she impulsively follows a friend to Kuala Lumpur. She meets Christopher Chubb, an enigmatic wreck of a man whose terrible secrets Sarah is compelled to discover and pursue. (Source: Trove)

Notes

  • Dedication: For our sons, Sam and Charley
  • Epigraph: I beheld the wretch - the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed: and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, 1818
  • Listed in The New York Times Book Review's list of Notable Books for 2003.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2003 .
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      Extent: 280p.
      ISBN: 1740512464
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Knopf ,
      2003 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 0375414983
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      Canada,
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      Americas,
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      Random House Canada ,
      2003 .
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      Extent: 265p.
      ISBN: 0679312811
    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage , 2004 .
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      Extent: 280p.
      ISBN: 1740513088 (pbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2015 .
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      Extent: 1vp.
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      ISBN: 9781760141394
Alternative title: Mein Leben als Falschung
Language: German
    • Frankfurt am Main,
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      Germany,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      S. Fischer ,
      2004 .
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      Extent: 285p.
      ISBN: 3100102266

Works about this Work

High Wire Act : Peter Carey’s 'My Life as a Fake' Anthony J. Hassall , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies of Australia , vol. 6 no. 1 2015;

This essay examines how Carey displays the multiple fakeries of fiction in My Life as a Fake. It notes the multiple inter-textual references to the Ern Malley hoax and the gothic horror of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. It examines the three unreliable narrating voices, the uneven characterisation of Christopher Chubb, and the magic realism seeking to animate Bob McCorkle and his present/absent book My Life as a Fake. It argues that the dazzling display of meta-fictional complexity, much celebrated by reviewers, contributes to the book's failure to create engaging characters and a credible narrative. [From the journal's webpage]

On the Genealogy of Democracy : Reading Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Mathews , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 68-80)
Inside out in Australia Peter Ellingsen , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 71 no. 1 2012; (p. 56-62)
'The notion of an inner life - just like the idea of an inland - has long been equated with emptiness in Australia. Terms such as 'dead heart' to denote the red centre and 'outback' to describe regions outside coastal cities suggest that, in Australia, the inner is on the outer. Even in the metropolis there is, as D.H. Lawrence noted when he visited Sydney, a terrifying vacancy. Australians, he wrote in his novel Kangaroo, were 'awfully nice but they have got nothing inside them'. For Patrick White, this was the Great Australian Emptiness, an environment in which 'the mind is the least of possessions, in which the rich man is the important man, in which the schoolmaster and the journalist rule what intellectual roost there is ...' (Author's abstract)
Damage Control : Australian Literature as Translation Nicholas Jose , 2012 single work prose
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 57 no. 1 2012; (p. 102-120)
Looking between the Lines Edgar Ray (fl. 2010-2011) , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 May 2011; (p. 24-25)
At its Heart, No Throb in Carey's Latest Rosemary Sorensen , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 July 2003; (p. 4)

— Review of My Life as a Fake Peter Carey , 2003 single work novel
The Curse of Ern Malley Luke Slattery , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 July 2003; (p. 6-7, 12)

— Review of My Life as a Fake Peter Carey , 2003 single work novel
Truth to Tell Phil Brown , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 30 July - 5 August no. 454 2003; (p. 24)

— Review of My Life as a Fake Peter Carey , 2003 single work novel
Life-Giving Lies Andreas Gaile , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 253 2003; (p. 10-11)

— Review of My Life as a Fake Peter Carey , 2003 single work novel
Malleable Fantasy Katharine England , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 9 August 2003; (p. 9)

— Review of My Life as a Fake Peter Carey , 2003 single work novel
True History to Grand Hoax Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 July 2003; (p. [1a]-2a)
For My Next Trick... Susan Wyndham , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 July 2003; (p. 4-5)
What's Truth Got to Do with It? Jason Steger , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 26 July 2003; (p. 3)
Carey on Writing Carey's Monster Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work criticism column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 July 2003; (p. 4) The West Australian , 6 September 2003; (p. 15)
Peter Carey has found inspiration for his new work, My Life as a Fake,in an Australian literary hoax from the 1940s.
Flesh for FrankenstErn 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 August 2003; (p. 10-11)
Summarises the main thrust of newspaper reviews published at the time of My Life as a Fake's publication in August 2003.
Last amended 10 Apr 2015 08:43:57
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  • Melbourne, Victoria,
  • Kuala Lumpur,
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    Malaysia,
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • London,
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    England,
    c
    c
    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Townsville, Townsville area, Marlborough - Mackay - Townsville area, Queensland,
  • 1940s
  • 1970s
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