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'At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.

'This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event.

'In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century. The Slap is told from the points of view of eight people who were present at the barbecue. The slap and its consequences force them all to question their own families and the way they live, their expectations, beliefs and desires.

'What unfolds is a powerful, haunting novel about love, sex and marriage, parenting and children, and the fury and intensity - all the passions and conflicting beliefs - that family can arouse. In its clear-eyed and forensic dissection of the ever-growing middle class and its aspirations and fears, The Slap is also a poignant, provocative novel about the nature of loyalty and happiness, compromise and truth.' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

form y The Slap Tony Ayres , Australia : ABC Television Matchbox Pictures , 2011 Z1699408 2011 series - publisher film/TV 'The series starts at an Australian backyard BBQ. Amongst alcohol, friendship and a children's cricket game a man slaps a child who is not his son. The party comes to a sudden halt. The child's parents are so affronted they vow to take the man to court. As the series unfolds the police become involved and friends and family are forced to take sides. One cousin is forced to testify against another. Couples are caught in the crossfire. Beliefs are tested and relationships strained.

'The story is told through the points of view of eight characters as the court case proceeds, as affairs begin and end, as a pregnancy is decided and marriages morph and change. Each character's life is profoundly affected by "the slap", and each of the main character is metaphorically slapped as they are forced to face up to fundamental truths about themselves.'

Source: The Slap website http://www.abc.net.au/tv/theslap/about/ (Sighted 11/10/2011)
form y The Slap Jon Robin Baitz , United States of America (USA) : Matchbox Pictures Universal Television NBC , 2015 8280562 2015 series - publisher film/TV

'Meet Hector [...], a public servant, husband, father and valued friend on the cusp of his 40th birthday. Meet Aisha [...], Hector's beautiful and intelligent wife who is planning his party filled with friends and his very boisterous Greek family. Sounds like the makings of a great day, right? Wrong.

'As Hector tries to navigate family politics, awkward friendships and the young woman he is dangerously captivated by, the built-up tension explodes when Hector's hotheaded cousin slaps another couple's misbehaving child. Everyone is understandably stunned, and the party abruptly ends with the child's parents vowing legal action. What the hosts and guests don't know, however, is that this moment will ignite a chain of events that will uncover long-buried secrets within this group of friends and family... and vigorously challenge the core values of everyone involved.'

Source: NBC (http://www.nbc.com/the-slap). (Sighted: 3/2/2015)

Reading Australia

This work has Reading Australia teaching resources.

Unit Suitable For

AC: Year 11 (Literature Unit 3). This unit could be suitably adapted for study at a tertiary level also.

Themes

Australian identity, families, identity, middle class values, morality, multiculturalism, relationships

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Information and communication technology, Intercultural understanding, Literacy

Notes

  • Ranked #8 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording (read by Alex Dimitiades), large print, e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 2008 .
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 483p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: November 2008.
      ISBN: 9781741753592
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 2010 .
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 485p.
      Edition info: Special edition to commemorate Allen and Unwin's 20th birthday celebrations.
      ISBN: 9781742374222 (hbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Penguin ,
      2010 .
      Image courtesy of Penguin Books
      Extent: 483p.
      ISBN: 9780143117148 (pbk.)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
      c
      Canada,
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Harper Perennial ,
      2010 .
      7315910407498249657.jpeg
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781554686469 (pbk.)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 2011 .
      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 588p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date September, 2011.
      • Television tie-in publication for the ABC1 series. Cover features series cast members.
      ISBN: 9781742375601
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Atlantic Books ,
      2011 .
      5762675865625364092.jpeg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 485p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 17 March 2011
      ISBN: 9781848873568
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Tuskar Rock Press ,
      2010 .
      4696557718926388074.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 485p.
      Edition info: Special limited edition.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: May 2010.
      ISBN: 9781848873551 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Man on a Mission Rachel Cook (interviewer), single work interview
— Appears in: Melbourne Community Voice , 13 June no. 597 (p. 12-13)
Suburban Space and Multicultural Identities in Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap Nicholas Dunlop , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 30 no. 1 2016; (p. 5-16)
'Since the first publication of Christos Tsiolkas's fourth novel, The Slap, in 2008, it has received a great deal of commercial and critical attention both domestically and, in more recent years, internationally. This popularity and rapid subsequent enrollment into the literary mainstream is, it could be argued, in large part due to the accessible prose and book-club compatibility of its core narrative trajectory, which traces a topical and thought-provoking depiction of conflicting sets of generational "family values," domestic politics, and explicit and implicit class conflict, the drama unfolding among an eclectic range of frequently unsympathetic yet believable, identifiable, and compelling characters. This narrative accessibility has been further emphasized by the production of two distinct episodic adaptations for television. The first, a successful ABC adaptation in 2011, preserved much of the contemporary flavor and cultural specificity of the original text and starred a number of familiar Australian actors including Jonathan LaPaglia, Essie Davis, and Melissa George. A much less successful US remake followed in 2015, featuring American actors in each of the major roles and, somewhat inexplicably, relocating the action from the suburbs to the brownstones of the New York borough of Brooklyn. Despite the geographic differences between the two adaptations, both retain the key narrative thrust of Tsiolkas's novel, charting the consequences of an act of corporal punishment - the titular "slap"—of a misbehaving small boy at a social gathering.' (Introduction)
26 Aussie Books You Must Read Blanche Clark , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 January 2015; (p. 18-19)
'With Australia Day upons us...26 great Australian Books that have helped shape and define our nation...'
The Dream of Love in Tsiolkas' The Slap Anna Poletti , Ali Alizadeh , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 212-225)
'This article explores the depiction of love and its most recognisable institutional form, marriage, in Christos Tsiolkas' bestselling novel The Slap...' (212)
Borrowers Stay True to Favourite Authors Linda Morris , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 16 February 2014; (p. 23)
Untitled Scott Whitmont , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , September vol. 88 no. 3 2008; (p. 32)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
When the Smoke Clears Gerard Windsor , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 November 2008; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Barbecue Stopper Lucy Clark , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 9 November 2008; (p. 18)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
The Hand That Wrecked the Barbie Louise Swinn , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 8 November 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Smack Dab in the Middle Class Venero Armanno , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 November 2008; (p. 13)

— Review of The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
A Slap in the Face Michael Harry , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 22 November 2008; (p. 11)
The Passion of Christos Caroline Baum , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 13 December 2008; (p. 27-28, 31)
Novel Touches on Country's Nerves Miriam Cosic , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 March 2009; (p. 4)
Prize for Tsiolkas 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 March 2009; (p. 16)
Franklin Listing Tops Tsiolkas's Big Week Susan Wyndham , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 March 2009; (p. 16)
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