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Issue Details: First known date: 2006... 2006 Caravan Story
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One morning, without warning, our narrator wakes into a nightmare. He and his female companion are placed in a caravan and driven to a football oval in a faraway country town. There they join scores of other caravan-dwellers in a seemingly closed community of cultural workers.
They are put into groups, set their tasks. Their meals are served to them on trestle tables in the middle of the ground. Entangled in a contract of mutual obligation, they are passive in their herding and their handouts.
Then the narrator 'escapes', to an abandoned school in a big country town. It is here, unexpectedly, that a sparkling, if muted, transfiguration takes place.
Caravan Story is both satire and lyric. Exploring between the lines the bigger questions of our culture it takes us on a strange and provocative journey. And with Macauley's inexorable narrative logic, we simply cannot put it down.
Source: Black Pepper Publishing website, http://members.dodo.com.au/~ghannah/ (Sighted 11/07/2007)

Notes

  • Dedication: For D
  • Epigraph: ...I no longer know where irony ceases and heaven begins...
    Heinrich Heine, The Harz Journey

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Untitled Jack Waghorn , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Inscribe , Summer no. 7 2013; (p. 4)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella
Canon Fire Sam Twyford-Moore , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 September 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella ; Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe Wayne Macauley , 2004 single work novella
The Space between Things Emmett Stinson (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Antithesis , no. 21 2011; (p. 166-169)
Untitled Tali Polichtuk , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 298 2008; (p. 20)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella
Ebb and Flow of Everyday Life Made New Emily Maguire , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 December 2007; (p. 13)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella ; The Invention of Everyday Life Nicolette Stasko , 2007 single work novel
Untitled Martin Shaw , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , July no. 25 2007; (p. 65)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella
Macauley on the Road Again Owen Richardson , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 August 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella
Ebb and Flow of Everyday Life Made New Emily Maguire , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 December 2007; (p. 13)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella ; The Invention of Everyday Life Nicolette Stasko , 2007 single work novel
Untitled Tali Polichtuk , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 298 2008; (p. 20)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella
Canon Fire Sam Twyford-Moore , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 September 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Caravan Story Wayne Macauley , 2006 single work novella ; Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe Wayne Macauley , 2004 single work novella
The Space between Things Emmett Stinson (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Antithesis , no. 21 2011; (p. 166-169)
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