By (author) Brian Castro
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Brian Castro by Brian Castro
Book DescriptionAfter 40 years in Australia, Antonio Castro packs a bag and walks out of his old life forever. The victim of a restlessness he calls "Shanghai Dancing," Antonio seeks to understand the source of his condition in his family's wanderings. Reversing his parents' own migration, Antonio heads back to their native Shanghai, where his world begins to fragment as his ancestry starts to flood into his present, and emissaries of glittering pre-war China, evangelical Liverpool and seventeenth-century Portugal merge into contemporary backdrops across Asia, Europe and Australia. A "fictional autobiography," "Shanghai Dancing" is a dazzling meditation on identity, language and disorientation that combines photographs and written images in the style of W.G. Sebald. "The Age" has described the book as "an extraordinary polyglot mix of sources: Portuguese, Chinese, English, Jewish and Catholic, and a mysterious recessive black gene... told in Castro's characteristically baroque prose, dense with its passion for language and serious wordplay." The winner of some of Australia's top literary prizes, "Shanghai Dancing" has been praised by its judges as "a work of major significance [that] challenges our expectations of storytelling... It is impressive as history, as fiction, as a book which stretches the literary form and which speaks to the universality of the human experience." "Shanghai Dancing" marks the U.S. debut of a major Australian literary figure.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781885030429
(220mm x 150mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Kaya Production,U.S.
Publisher: Kaya Production,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2009
Country of Publication: United States
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Drift, Paperback (April 2011)
Castro's 5th novel is perhaps his most complex and certainly his most political. Like all his work it is productively playful, punningly irreverent and deeply concerned with sex and death, fact and fiction, but also with the redemptive possibilities of art and the existential power of the novel - all in the context of Australia's contested history.
Bath Fugues, Paperback (May 2009)» View all books by Brian Castro
A meditation on melancholy and art, in the form of three interwoven novellas, centred respectively on an ageing art forger; a Portuguese poet, opium addict and art collector; and a doctor, who has built an art gallery in tropical Queensland. These characters are tied by more than their art, each stretching the bonds of trust and friendship.
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