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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 Barracuda
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'He asked the water to lift him, to carry him, to avenge him. He made his muscles shape his fury, made every stroke declare his hate. And the water obeyed; the water would give him his revenge. No one could beat him, no one came close.

'His whole life Danny Kelly's only wanted one thing: to win Olympic gold. Everything he's ever done - every thought, every dream, every action - takes him closer to that moment of glory, of vindication, when the world will see him for what he is: the fastest, the strongest and the best. His life has been a preparation for that moment.

'His parents struggle to send him to the most prestigious private school with the finest swimming program; Danny loathes it there and is bullied and shunned as an outsider, but his coach is the best and knows Danny is, too, better than all those rich boys, those pretenders. Danny's win-at-all-cost ferocity gradually wins favour with the coolest boys - he's Barracuda, he's the psycho, he's everything they want to be but don't have the guts to get there. He's going to show them all.

'He would be first, everything would be alright when he came first, all would be put back in place. When he thought of being the best, only then did he feel calm.

'A searing and provocative novel by the acclaimed author of the international bestseller The Slap, Barracuda is an unflinching look at modern Australia, at our hopes and dreams, our friendships, and our families.

'Should we teach our children to win, or should we teach them to live? How do we make and remake our lives? Can we atone for our past? Can we overcome shame? And what does it mean to be a good person?

'Barracuda is about living in Australia right now, about class and sport and politics and migration and education. It contains everything a person is: family and friendship and love and work, the identities we inhabit and discard, the means by which we fill the holes at our centre. It's brutal and tender and blazingly brilliant; everything we have come to expect from this fearless vivisector of our lives and world. ' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

form y Barracuda Belinda Chayko , Blake Ayshford , ( dir. Robert Connolly ) Australia : Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd , 2016 8569798 2016 series - publisher film/TV

'Based on the book of the same name by Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda follows young Olympic hopeful, Danny Kelly, as he deals with the pressure of obsession.'

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    And now tell it to me

    in other words,

    says the stuffed owl

    to the fly

    which, with a buzz,

    is trying with its head

    to break through the window-pane.

    -The Best Room, or Interpretation of a Poem,

    Miroslav Holub

  • Dedication:

    For Angela Savage

  • Other formats: Also large print; sound recording

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 2013 .
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      Cover image courtesy of Allen & Unwin.
      Extent: 516p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 23 October 2013
      ISBN: 9781743317310 (paperback)
    • Toronto, Ontario,
      c
      Canada,
      c
      Americas,
      :
      HarperCollins ,
      2014 .
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      Extent: 515p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 4 January 2014
      ISBN: 9781443424837
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Hogarth House ,
      2014 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 464p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 9 September 2014
      ISBN: 9780804138420
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 2015 .
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      Extent: 516p.
      Note/s:
      • Published October 2015
      ISBN: 9781760291358
Note: Translator
Alternative title: Barrakuda : Roman
Language: German
    • Stuttgart,
      c
      Germany,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Klett-Cotta ,
      2014 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      ISBN: 9783608980134, 360898013X

Works about this Work

Who's Afraid of the Black Middle Class? Timmah Ball , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 75 no. 3 2016; (p. 81-86)
y Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Jan Hutchinson , Melbourne : CAE Book Group , 2014 9282180 2014 single work criticism
Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda Laura Joseph , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 2 2014; (p. 244-256)

— Review of Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas 2013 single work novel
Tsiolkas's Misstep Ben Kostival , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 241-242)

— Review of Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas 2013 single work novel
Spurning The Trophies of the Ego Lyn McCredden , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 238-241)

— Review of Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas 2013 single work novel
Success Can Be a Burden Fran Metcalf , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 October 2013; (p. 19)

— Review of Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas 2013 single work novel
Trouble at the Deep End of the Pool Ed Wright , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 October 2013; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas 2013 single work novel
Christos Tsiolkas : Barracuda Annette Hughes , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , October 2013;

— Review of Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas 2013 single work novel
Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Mary Kostakidis , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 28 October 2013;

— Review of Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas 2013 single work novel
Winning At Any Cost A Gentler Splash James Ley , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 November 2013; (p. 33) The Age , 9 November 2013; (p. 25) The Canberra Times , 9 November 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of Barracuda Christos Tsiolkas 2013 single work novel
Tsiolkas No Stranger to Controversy Stephen Romei , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 February 2013; (p. 5)
Ponting Returns for Huge Innings Linda Morris , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 September 2013; (p. 14) The Canberra Times , 28 September 2013; The Age , 28 September 2013 2013;
Slap Author Packing New Punch Fran Metcalf , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 October 2013; (p. 41)
Interview : Christos Tsiolkas Jason Steger , 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 October 2013; (p. 4-5) The Age , 26 October 2013; (p. 12) The Canberra Times , 26 October 2013; (p. 19)
Against the Tide William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 19-20 October 2013; (p. 14,16)
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