Buzz around the world is reaching fever pitch ahead of the release of three-time Miles Franklin winner and two-time Man Booker Prize winner Peter Carey’s new book Amnesia. And now we have a cover…
So what do you think?
Some people currently writing this blog have been lucky enough to get a early look at Amnesia, and it’s Carey at his cheekiest and his angriest. One senses this is the novel that screamed so much within him he that simply had to get it out. When great writers do this, it’s usually a winner.
by Peter Carey
How does a young woman from suburban Melbourne become America’s public enemy number one?
When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia’s prison system, freeing hundreds of asylum seekers, she sets off a chain reaction. These prisons are run by US companies, and so the doors of some 5000 American institutions have also opened. And to some watching eyes, the secrets of both countries threaten to pour out.
Was this a mistake? Or has the elusive Gaby declared cyberwar on the US, as part of the longstanding covert conflict between the two countries that has as its most outrageous act the CIA-engineered coup of 1975 – a coup so brazen we immediately forgot it as part of our Great Amnesia.
Amnesia is Carey at his best: funny, sweeping, intimate, exhilarating. It is a novel that speaks powerfully about our history but most urgently about our present.
About the Contributor
Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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