A decade-by-decade portrait of 20th-century Australia through the prism of one family. Abacus is a novel about the end times, of generational violence and the instinct for survival by one of Australia’s leading contemporary poets.
About the Author
Louis Armand is a Sydney-bornwriter who has lived in Prague since1994. He is the author of six novels, including Breakfast at Midnight (2012),described by 3AM magazine’s Richard Marshall as “a perfectmodern noir,” and Cairo, shortlistedfor the Guardian newspaper’s 2014 Not-the-Booker Prize (both from Equus, London). His most recentcollections of poetry are Indirect Objects (Vagabond, 2014) and Synopticon (with John Kinsella; LPB,2012). His work has been included in the Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry and Best Australian Poems. His screenplay, Clair Obscur, received honourable mention at the 2009 Alpe Adria TriesteInternational Film Festival. He directs the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University where he also edits the international arts magazine VLAK.