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Locust Girl : A Love Song - Merlinda Bobis

Locust Girl

A Love Song

Paperback Published: 1st August 2015
ISBN: 9781742199627
Number Of Pages: 192

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2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction Winner!

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This novel is a fairytale, a political allegory, and a philosophical interrogation of the human heart.

Most everything has dried up: water, the womb, even the love among lovers. The earth is now mostly desert, except the last green haven behind the border where the carers of the earth preserve the natural order.

Carers manage the earths last resources and keep the wasters out. But in the vast dry outside, hunger is the pernicious plague, and people feed on sand and locusts. So they walk the dry to cross the border. But once, terrible fires crossed it too and devastated the green haven. Since then, carers have been ever-more vigilant and afraid.

One night, a village is bombed for seeking to walk to the border. Only two survive: nine-year old Amedea and a locust buried in her brow. This is the story of the Locust Girl. This is her lovesong -- for those walking to the border for dear life, and those guarding the border for dear life.

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Winner of the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Awards! The judges described the author's lyrical prose as "transfiguring fiction". "There were many fine and stylistically accomplished works among this year's entries, but the distinctiveness, sweep and visual power of this short novel set it apart." "It is no surprise that a dystopian novel about climate change has won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards." Susan Wyndham, SMH "Bobis story resonates not only in todays Australia but throughout an environmentally and politically disrupted world where repression and violence are rife; where huge numbers of people leave their homes to undertake dangerous journeys in the search for life." Alfred Yuson, The Philippine Star On her speaking events in Melbourne and Sydney last week, feminist, journalist and commentator Gloria Steinem congratulated Spinifex Press on 25 years of feminist publishing. "Can I say thank you to Spinifex Press which is now in its 25th anniversary. Its been such an inspiration to us." Gloria Steinem

ISBN: 9781742199627
ISBN-10: 1742199623
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st August 2015
Publisher: Spinifex Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18

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