The White Body of Evening

The White Body of Evening

by A l McCann

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'Madness and the nature of creativity are at the heart of A.L. McCann's first novel. A highly engaging read' - Courier Mail. Melbourne in the 1890s: a city of respectable facades concealing a twilight world of sexual misadventure. As the marriage of Albert and Anna Walters degenerates into brutal farce, their children, Paul and Ondine, are exposed to the city's lurid possibilities. In the new century Ondine takes after her mother and wrestles with repressive social convention, while Paul's artistic aspirations plunge him into an underworld of poets, prostitutes and prophets. Slowly his father's strange legacy unfolds, and in spectacular fashion Paul's thwarted ambition drives him from the emerging Antipodes to the decadence of Vienna, and to a final, precarious homecoming, where creative inspiration slides closer to madness and murder... By turns thought-provoking, chilling and blackly comic, The White Body of Evening is a remarkable debut. 'Compelling and satisfying ... black, sometimes bleak, but very readable' - Australian Book Review.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780730493600
Publisher: 4th Estate
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

A.L. McCann is a Melbourne-based academic and writer. He holds an MA from Melbourne Uni and a PhD from Cornell Uni, New York; is the recipient of numerous academic awards and fellowships; and has published books on cultural politics and literature and papers and articles on subjects as diverse as surburbia, history, Patrick White and Marcus Clarke. He currently lectures in the English Department of Melbourne University and lives in Victoria.

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