Synopses & Reviews
If, in some post-Marxist utopia, obesity were declared counterrevolutionary, how would a houseful of fat men strike back? If it were possible to win a new body by lottery, what kind of people would choose ugliness? If two gun-toting thugs decided to take over a business and run it through sheer terror how far would their methods take them?
These are the questions that Peter Carey, author of The Tax Inspector and Oscar and Lucinda, brilliantly explores in this collection of stories. Exquisitely written and thoroughly envisioned, the tales in The Fat Man in History reach beyond their arresting premises to utter deep and often frightening truths about our brightest and darkest selves.
"One of Australia's most highly regarded novelists...accomplished, surehanded." Newsday
"Marvelous!" Boston Globe
"Destined to [be] one of the most widely read and admired writers working in English." Edmund White, The Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Peter Carey is to Sydney what Joyce was to Dublin....An absolute master of language and of storytelling. Bet your money on him as one of the great figures on the cusp of the millennium." Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler's List
A landmark in contemporary Australian literature, The Fat Man in History brought early acclaim to Peter Carey for his brilliant and ingenious fiction. These twelve stories introduce visionary landscapes of intense clarity, where the rules of the game are bizarre yet chillingly familiar.
About the Author
Peter Carey received the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda, and again for True History of the Kelly Gang. His other honors include the Commonwealth Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. The author of seven previous novels and a collection of stories, he was born in Australia in 1943 and now lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
She Wakes 26
Life & Death in the South Side Pavilion 28
Room No. 5 (Escribo) 34
Happy Story 45
A Windmill in the West 49
Report on the Shadow Industry 81
Conversations with Unicorns 84
American Dreams 90
The Fat Man in History 102