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The Town

The Town

ISBN
9780571345618
Published
16/08/2018
9780571345618
Format
Hardback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
256

About the Book

But there had been a war. Everyone was certain of it, though it had been a long time since.

This is Australia: an unnamed, dead-end town in the heart of the outback. A young writer arrives in New South Wales to research local settlements that are slowly vanishing into oblivion – but he didn’t expect these ghost towns to literally disappear before his eyes. When an epidemic of mysterious holes threatens the town’s existence, he is plunged into an abyss of weirdness from which he may never recover.

Dark, slippery and unsettling, Shaun Prescott’s debut novel achieves many things. It excavates a nation’s buried history of colonial genocide, and tells a love story that asks if outsiders can ever truly belong. Through a glass darkly, The Town examines the shadowy underbelly of Australian identity – and the result is a future classic.

But there had been a war. Everyone was certain of it, though it had been a long time since.This is Australia: an unnamed, dead-end town in the heart of the outback. A young writer arrives in New South Wales to research local settlements that are slowly vanishing into oblivion – but he didn’t expect these ghost towns to literally disappear before his eyes. When an epidemic of mysterious holes threatens the town’s existence, he is plunged into an abyss of weirdness from which he may never recover. Dark, slippery and unsettling, Shaun Prescott’s debut novel achieves many things. It excavates a nation’s buried history of colonial genocide, and tells a love story that asks if outsiders can ever truly belong. Through a glass darkly, The Town examines the shadowy underbelly of Australian identity – and the result is a future classic.
“The sense of some deeply melancholic encounter haunts the pages of Australian writer Shaun Prescott’s winningly glum debut novel, aided by elegiac musings on belonging and estrangement, growth and decay, places and voids, portals and dead-ends ... Like much about this simultaneously realist and absurdist novel, that word “disappearing” hovers at the line between the figurative and the literal ... Executed with a mixture of conviction and laconic humour that gives them a fresh appeal ... Painful wit ... An engaging, provoking novel nevertheless, intelligently alive to its own metaphorical possibilities, and leaving behind a powerful vision of the world ending, not with a bang, but a whimper.”
- The Guardian
“The Town moves with a gentle command amid the obvious reference points of Calvino, Kafka, and Abe, but it also invokes less-celebrated English-language predecessors, like the novels of Steve Erickson, and Rex Warner’s The Aerodrome. In the manner of Erickson and Warner, Prescott seeks the universal in a meticulous paraphrase of the here and now, and finds the dislocation hiding in locality, to show us just how lost we really may be.”
- Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude

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