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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 The Swan Book
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'The new novel by Alexis Wright, whose previous novel Carpentaria won the Miles Franklin Award and four other major prizes including the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award. The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute teenager called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, from the displaced community where she lives in a hulk, in a swamp filled with rusting boats, and thousands of black swans driven from other parts of the country, to her marriage to Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia, and her elevation to the position of First Lady, confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city. The Swan Book has all the qualities which made Wright’s previous novel, Carpentaria, a prize-winning best-seller. It offers an intimate awareness of the realities facing Aboriginal people; the wild energy and humour in her writing finds hope in the bleakest situations; and the remarkable combination of storytelling elements, drawn from myth and legend and fairy tale.' (Publisher's blurb)

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  • Other formats: Also e-book.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

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 , 2013 .
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      Extent: 360p.
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      • Publication date: August 2013
      ISBN: 9781922146434, 1922146439, 9781922146441, 1922146447
    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2015 .
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      Extent: 252p.
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      • Published: 1st January 2015
      ISBN: 9781922146830
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Constable ,
      2015 .
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      Extent: 340p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography

      ISBN: 9781472120557, 9781472120564
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Atria Books ,
      2018 .
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      Extent: 320p.
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      • Published 9 January 2018

      ISBN: 9781501124792
Alternative title: Le livre du cygne : roman
Language: French
    • Arles,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Actes Sud ,
      2016 .
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      Extent: 358p.p.
      ISBN: 9782330060688, 2330060688
      Series: y separately published work icon Lettres des Antipodes Arles : Actes Sud , 2013- 13184070 2013 series - publisher

Works about this Work

The Rest Is Silence : Postmodern and Postcolonial Possibilities in Climate Change Fiction Adeline Johns-Putra , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in the Novel , Spring vol. 50 no. 1 2018; (p. 26-42)

'In this essay, I consider postmodernist tendencies in two recent climate change novels, Alexis Wright’s The Swan Book (2013) and Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea (2014). While I hesitate to claim that these herald a distinct postmodern turn in climate change fiction, I argue that these novels’ postmodernist self-awareness constitutes a promising new direction for fiction in the Anthropocene. Displaying a postcolonial awareness and deploying the postmodernist strategies of metafiction and magical realism, the novels undermine the omniscience of third-person narrators and the reliability of focalizers in order simultaneously to destabilize realist, imperialist, and anthropocentric constructions of the world. Indeed, they not only question the dominance of master-narratives; they question domination per se. That is, in these novels, voice itself comes under suspicion as an anthropocentric fallacy.'  (Publication abstract)

y separately published work icon The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma Meera Anne Atkinson , London : Bloomsbury Academic , 2017 12305815 2017 multi chapter work criticism

'The first decades of the twenty-first century have been beset by troubling social realities: coalition warfare, global terrorism and financial crisis, climate change, epidemics of family violence, violence toward women, addiction, neo-colonialism, continuing racial and religious conflict. While traumas involving large-scale or historical violence are widely represented in trauma theory, familial trauma is still largely considered a private matter, associated with personal failure. This book contributes to the emerging field of feminist trauma theory by bringing focus to works that contest this tendency, offering new understandings of the significance of the literary testimony and its relationship to broader society.

'The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma adopts an interdisciplinary approach in examining how the literary testimony of familial transgenerational trauma, with its affective and relational contagion, illuminates transmissive cycles of trauma that have consequences across cultures and generations. It offers bold and insightful readings of works that explore those consequences in story-Alison Bechdel's Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006), Hélène Cixous's Hyperdream (2009), Marguerite Duras's The Lover (1992), Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy (1999), and Alexis Wright's Carpentaria (2006) and The Swan Book (2013), concluding that such testimony constitutes a fundamentally feminist experiment and encounter. The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma challenges the casting of familial trauma in ahistorical terms, and affirms both trauma and writing as social forces of political import.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

The Swan Book : Into Transrealist Fiction Iva Polak , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Futuristic Worlds in Australian Aboriginal Fiction 2017; (p. 189-233)

'By far the best-known Aboriginal author covered in this study is Alexis Wright. As indicated in the Introduction, Wright is, alongside Kim Scott, the most frequently discussed Aboriginal author in and outside Australia. One reason for this remarkable global interest lies in the fact that her novel Carpentaria won the 2007 Miles Franklin Literary Award; another is that her other novels have reached international English-speaking and non-English speaking markets.'  (Introduction)

The Fantastic as a Terminological Trickster Iva Polak , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Futuristic Worlds in Australian Aboriginal Fiction 2017; (p. 41-70)

'In the opening pages of The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre (1973), Todorov evokes the image of a tiger to draw a parallel between changes in the biological and literary “species”:

Being familiar with the species tiger, we can deduce from it the properties of each individual tiger; the birth of a new tiger does not modify the species in its definition. […] The same is not the case in the realm of art or of science. Here evolution operates with an altogether different rhythm: every work modifies the sum of possible works, each new example alters the species. (6)'  (Introduction)

Read, Listen, Understand: Why Non-Indigenous Australians Should Read First Nations Writing Meera Anne Atkinson , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 5 July 2017;

'Do you read Australia’s First Nations (Indigenous) writers? If not, why not? People read for many reasons: information, entertainment, escape, to contemplate in company, to be moved. Reading can also be a political act, an act of solidarity, an expression of willingness to listen and to learn from others with radically different histories and lives.' (Introduction)

Counter Intervention Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10-11 August 2013; (p. 18-19)

— Review of The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel
'Alexis Wright's long-awaited new novel is a work of fury, beauty and urgent importance...'
Living Wound Jen Webb , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 354 2013; (p. 22, 24)

— Review of The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel
[Untitled] Alison Lees , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 October 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel
After the Apocalypse : Despair, Hope and All Things Between Alison Ravenscroft , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 October 2013; (p. 28-29) The Canberra Times , 5 October 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel
Literature Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 94 2013; (p. 56)

— Review of The Childhood of Jesus J. M. Coetzee , 2013 single work novel ; The Swan Book Alexis Wright , 2013 single work novel ; Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser , 2012 single work novel
World of Words Jane Sullivan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 December 2012; (p. 22) The Canberra Times , 29 December 2012; (p. 15-16) The Saturday Age , 29 December 2012; (p. 22-23)
Jane Sullivan nominates the best Australian and overseas published books for 2013.
Interview : Alexis Wright Jane Sullivan , 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 August 2013; (p. 26-27) The Canberra Times , 3 August 2013; (p. 19)
'After a whirlwind of success with her novel Carpentaria, the author returns with a dark fairytale about climate change, refugees and surprising beauty...'
The Future of the Swans Arnold Zable , 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 213 2013; (p. 27-30)
'At this year's Melbourne Writers Festival, Arnold Zable spoke with Alexis Wright about her new novel.'
Leading Author's Novel Imagines a Disturbing Future Rudi Maxwell , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 7 May no. 575 2014; (p. 6)
'Aboriginal writer and activist Alexis Wright has been thinking about the future - and what might eventuate if humanity blithely continues to ignore the warning signals being sent by our warming planet and if governments continue to disempower Aboriginal people.'
Franklin Short List Revealed William Yeoman , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 May 2014; (p. 7)
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