Synopses & Reviews
This novel, by the author of Oscar and Lucinda, tells the story of a man who, recovering from death, is convinced that he is in hell. For the first time in his life, Harry Joy sees the world as it really is, and takes up a notebook to explore and note down the true nature of the Underworld.
"A remarkable first novel. In both the breadth of his vision of human life, in all its misery and unhappiness, and in the profundity of his insight into moral dilemmas, Mr Carey makes the work of most of our 'promising' young and not-so-young novelists seem tinselly and trivial." Spectator
About the Author
Peter Carey was born in 1943 in Australia and lives in New York. He is the author of a highly acclaimed selection of short stories, The Fat Man in History, and of four novels, Bliss, Illywhacker (shortlisted for the 1985 Booker Prize), Oscar and Lucinda (winner of the 1988 Booker Prize) and The Tax Inspector.