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Michael 'Butcher' Boone is an ex-'really famous' painter now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotions. Together they've forged a delicate equilibrium, a balance instantly disarrayed when a mysterious young woman named Marlene walks out of a rainstorm and into their lives. Beautiful, smart, and ambitious, she's also the daughter-in-law of the late great painter Jacques Liebowitz, one of Butcher's earliest influences. She's sweet to Hugh and falls in love with Butcher, and they reciprocate in kind. And she sets in motion a chain of events that could be the making--or the ruin--of them all. (Source: Trove)

Notes

  • Epigraph: Am, I to be king, or just a pig? -Gustave Flaubert, Intimate Notebook.
  • Epigraph: Joachim had been born before the war, in the years when children still had to learn by heart the thirteen reasons for using a capital letter. To these he had added one more of his own, which was that he would, in all circumstances, do exactly what he wished. -Macado Fernandez, One Man.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording and large print.

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 , 2006 .
      Extent: 269p.
      Note/s:
      • A Knopf book.
      ISBN: 1741664829, 1740512561, 9781740512565, 9781741664829
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Knopf ,
      2006 .
      Extent: 269p.
      ISBN: 0307263711
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Faber ,
      2007 .
      Extent: 304p.
      ISBN: 9780571231508 (pbk.); 0571231500 (pbk.)
Alternative title: Złodziejstwo czyli Historia miłosna
Language: Polish
    • Warsaw,
      c
      Poland,
      c
      Eastern Europe, Europe,
      :
      Bellona ,
      2006 .
      Extent: 304p.
      ISBN: 831110526X

Works about this Work

Lives of Artists, Identities of Countries : Dependence, Displacement, Identity, and Australia in Peter Carey’s 'Theft' Jaroslav Kušnír , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Engaging with Literature of Commitment : The Worldly Scholar (Volume 2) 2012; (p. 245-256)
'After My Life as a Fake, Peter Carey, with his novel Theft, adds a new dimension to his themes of fakery, truth and lying. The novel reads as a combination of love story, detective novel, and thriller with a series of mysteries including an intricate plot which is further combined with and supplemented by another theme and symbolic level...' (From author's introduction 245)
Wrong About Carey? : Reading Carey in Post-Postmodern Times Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 285-298)
A Concise History of the Deckle Jessica Au , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 69 no. 2 2010; (p. 13)
y separately published work icon Outlaws, Fakes and Monsters : Doubleness, Transgression and the Limits of Fiction Chris Boge , Heidelberg : Winter Verlag , 2009 Z1810236 2009 single work criticism

'Peter Carey is one of the most remarkable writers of our day and age. The characters and narrators that populate his twisted postmodern and postcolonial plot structures are conceived as fakes and tricksters, monstrously distorted creatures and disturbed Antipodeans, struggling for possible meanings of life in the global fringes and beyond. Offering a critical analysis of terms such as liminality and transgression, this comparative study examines the intricate interweaving of faction in True History of the Kelly Gang, follows Christopher Chubb into the entanglements between the gnarled tropical trees of Malaysia and the dark recesses of the storyteller's mind in My Life as a Fake, and joins the Bones Brothers on their journey to Japan and the US in Theft: A Love Story, a book on art, integrity and complicity. Moreover, for the first time in a book-length study, His Illegal Self will be interpreted and placed in the context of ethical criticism and cosmopolitan theory.' (Source: Publisher website).

Contents:

  • Circumferences, Perimeters, Crossings, or, Decoding the Book's Subtitle: An Introduction
  • The Ned Kelly Puzzle: True History of the Kelly Gang and the Commodification of an Enigma
  • Begetting the Monster: My Life as a Fake
  • Between Beauty and Horror: Theft: A Love Story
  • Conclusion, No Conclusion, or, Selves, Societies, Stories: An Outlook
'The Opposite of the Cringe' : Peter Carey and the Appropriation of Language David Huddart , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature Interpretation Theory , October - December vol. 20 no. 4 2009; (p. 288-306)
'Peter Carey's ludic and logophilic novels frequently address linked issues of linguistic appropriation and cultural forgery. Certain works explore the situation of individuals or cultures in general that are in a situation in which they "inherit" languages or identities that are powerful, often arrogant, and usually colonial in either a literal or metaphorical sense. Against this inheritance, characters and cultures develop their own appropriations of the inherited culture.... It is arguable, however, that postcolonial cultures are particularly attuned to the question of inheritance: in exploring this inheritance, Carey's fictions can be compared to postcolonial writing from different parts of the world. At the same time, Carey's work resists the production of new forms of authenticity, lest they end up reproducing the arrogant power that they inherited. Again and again, his work focuses on the creative power of supposedly dependent forms of literature and language: fakes that seem dependent on original works of genius, or postcolonial languages that seem dependent on original colonial languages. In fictionalizing different examples of the same deep structure of inheritance, Carey makes reference to the idea of cultural cringe: this article advances the claim that in his work, the opposite of this cringe is a kind of ongoing openness to future forms of authenticity' (p. 288)
Dazzling Dashes Full of Manic Mysteries Mark Thomas , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 April 2006; (p. 11-12)

— Review of Theft : A Love Story Peter Carey , 2006 single work novel
Carey's Adrenalin Rush on the Art World Rosemary Sorensen , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1-2 April 2006; (p. 23)

— Review of Theft : A Love Story Peter Carey , 2006 single work novel
Glorious Character Katharine England , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 April 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of Theft : A Love Story Peter Carey , 2006 single work novel
Carey's Ripper Mystery Keeps You Laughing Ian Nichols , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 1 April 2006; (p. 9)

— Review of Theft : A Love Story Peter Carey , 2006 single work novel
Grit of a Great Peter Craven , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 April 2006; (p. 11-12)

— Review of Theft : A Love Story Peter Carey , 2006 single work novel
Art of the Long Lunch Chris Brice , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 April 2006; (p. 11)
A Love-Hate Story Susan Wyndham , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 April 2006; (p. 6-7)
Love, Lies and Masterpieces Stephen Romei , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 April 2006; (p. 4)
Bones to Pick with Arts Real Frauds Jason Steger , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 1 April 2006; (p. 26)
Carey Changes in Space and Times Gillian Lord , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 April 2006; (p. 10)
Last amended 15 Nov 2011 18:30:50
Settings:
  • Sydney, New South Wales,
  • Manhattan, New York (City), New York (State),
    c
    United States of America (USA),
    c
    Americas,
  • Tokyo, Honshu,
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    Japan,
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    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • Bellingen, Dorrigo - Bellingen area, New England, New South Wales,
  • Bacchus Marsh, Bacchus Marsh - Ballan area, Melbourne - Outer West / North West, Melbourne, Victoria,
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