Alexis Wright

  • Desperance, ville perdue de l'outback australien où cohabitent blancs paumés et aborigènes deshérités est le cadre de luttes sociales, des délires mystiques et d'extrêmes météorologiques.

  • Dans un monde apocalyptique altéré par les catastrophes climatiques, l'itinéraire d'Oblivia, jeune fille mutique nourrie de contes et de légendes, de son enfance au sein d'un bidonville aborigène à son mariage avec le premier président autochtone d'Australie. Un roman poétique, corrosif et burlesque dans la lignée de Salman Rushdie et de Carlos Fuentes.

  • The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute teenager called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, from the displaced community where she lives in a hulk, in a swamp filled with rusting boats, and thousands of black swans driven from other parts of the country, to her marriage to Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia, and her elevation to the position of First Lady, confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city.

    The Swan Book has all the qualities which made Wright's previous novel, Carpentaria, a prize-winning bestseller. It offers an intimate awareness of the realities facing Aboriginal people; the wild energy and humour in her writing finds hope in the bleakest situations; and the remarkable combination of storytelling elements, drawn from myth and legend and fairy tale, has Oblivia Ethylene in the company of amazing characters like Aunty Bella Donna of the Champions, the Harbour Master, Big Red and the Mechanic, a talking monkey called Rigoletto, three genies with doctorates, and throughout, the guiding presence of swans.