Bliss was Peter Carey's astonishing first novel, originally published in 1981 - a fast-moving extravaganza, both funny and gripping, about 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 notate the true nature of the Underworld. As in his stories and some of his later novels, it is Peter Carey's achievement in Bliss to create a brilliant but totally believable fusion of ordinary experience with the crazier fantasies of the mind.
This powerful and original novel is a love story about a man who misunderstands the world so totally that he almost gets it right.
About the Author
Peter Carey was born in 1943 in Australia and lives in New York. He is the author of the highly acclaimed selection of short stories, The Fat Man in History, seven novels, Bliss, Illywhacker (shortlisted for the 1985 Booker Prize), Oscar and Lucinda (winner of the 1988 Booker Prize), The Tax Inspector, The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith, Jack Maggs (winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize) and True History of the Kelly Gang (winner of the 2001 Booker Prize), and a book for children, The Big Bazoohley. Oscar and Lucinda was made into a film starring Ralph Fiennes.
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 7th May 2009
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.293