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Black Rock White City : Winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award - A.S. Patric

Black Rock White City

Winner of the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award


Published: 1st April 2015
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Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love.

During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan’s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children.

Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia’s suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.

About the Author

A.S. Patrić is the award winning author of Las Vegas for Vegans, published in 2012 by Transit Lounge. Las Vegas for Vegans was shortlisted for the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards’ Steele Rudd Prize. He is also the author of Bruno Kramzer and The Rattler & other stories. Alec lives in bayside Melbourne and is a St Kilda bookseller.


Does not meet the hype.


I have finished couple of chapters in this book. I may not continue it, as they say life is too short to read a bad book. I would not classify this as a bad book per se, but I found that the author was trying to make it commercial and very contemporary and the language was also not to my liking. I don't read contemporary fiction (and the most contemporary I have read is from 1961) and mostly tackling Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Dickens at the moment. I only picked up this book because it had won an award and also because my interest lies in diaspora literature. So novels and short stories about immigrants and Diaspora give life to the stats. There is hardly any literature in Australia about Immigrants, so the author has filled a huge gap in that. But the story and the writing are not simple and author is very complicated (or tried to come across as complicated and deep). I am worried if I should invest more time into this book. In the first two chapters, the protagonist makes love to the dentist twice and a dead boy is marked. There are graffiti's with poems and the water cooler filled with human fat. All these were too commercial for me.



Sympathetic story of immigrant from war-torn country


Lovely book.



Great read


Wonderful story of the human spirit and in particular the refugee experience



Black Rock White City

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ISBN: 9781921924835
ISBN-10: 1921924837
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st April 2015
Publisher: Transit Lounge Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3