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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Original Face
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The drama begins with a body dumped in south-western Sydney – skinned, with no face. Lewis Lin, taxi driver, photographer, recent arrival from Beijing, happens to be at the scene. With detectives Ginger Rogers and Shelley Swert in pursuit, Lin finds himself drawn into a deadly immigration racket, with a cast which includes a film-maker just in from LA, a Buddhist monk, a millionaire bachelor artist, a masseuse, a maniacal violinist, and a refugee assassin.

Part thriller, part ethnic noir, dark and comic by turns, Original Face offers a sensuous and highly coloured portrait of the jostling energies that make up life in the contemporary Australian city.

Drawing its title from an ancient Zen koan, the novel traces the complicated manoeuvres by which people mask their identities, and the accidental pathways by which these hidden selves come to light.'

Source: Author's website.

Notes

  • Dedication: For R B W
  • Epigraph: The heart can push the sea and land
  • Sections of the novel, in an earlier form, were previously published in Antipodes, refo and dimsum. (Acknowledgements)
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.
  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2005 .
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      Extent: 308p.
      ISBN: 1920882138

Works about this Work

Paper(less) Selves : The Refugee in Contemporary Textual Culture Antonio Jose Simoes Da Silva , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 30 no. 1 2008; (p. 58-72)
Australian Fiction 2005-2006 Thomas Shapcott , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 51 no. 2006; (p. 108-119)
Untitled Mads Clausen , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: API Review of Books , July no. 44 2006;

— Review of Original Face Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 15 January 2006; (p. 16)

— Review of An Uncommon Dialogue Debra J. Drake , 2005 single work autobiography ; Original Face Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work novel
Soundings from Down Under Nicholas Birns , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 231-235)

— Review of The Wing of Night Brenda Walker , 2005 single work novel ; An ABC of Lying : Taking Stock in Interesting Times 2004 selected work essay ; Original Face Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work novel ; Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs : Essays Gerald Murnane , 2005 selected work autobiography essay criticism short story ; The People Singers : The Surfers Paradise Poems John Millett , 2005 selected work poetry ; The Collected Verse of Mary Gilmore Mary Gilmore , 2004-2007 collected work poetry
Opening a Crime-Scene Can Full of Worms Ian McFarlane , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 October 2005; (p. 13)

— Review of Original Face Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work novel
[Review] Original Face Robert Lumsden , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , 28 October - 10 November no. 280 2005; (p. 19)

— Review of Original Face Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work novel
Dark Intrigue in a Little-Known World A. P. Riemer , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 October 2005; (p. 24)

— Review of Original Face Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work novel
Ethnic Noir with a Twist Venero Armanno , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 November 2005; (p. 15)

— Review of Original Face Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work novel
Skim Peter Pierce , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 15 November vol. 123 no. 6496 2005; (p. 68-69)

— Review of Original Face Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work novel ; An Accidental Terrorist Steven Lang , 2005 single work novel
China Syndrome Deborah Bogle , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 November 2005; (p. 11)
Australian Fiction 2005-2006 Thomas Shapcott , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 51 no. 2006; (p. 108-119)
Paper(less) Selves : The Refugee in Contemporary Textual Culture Antonio Jose Simoes Da Silva , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 30 no. 1 2008; (p. 58-72)
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