Shifting from the rural wilds of Australia to Manhattan via Tokyo, this is Peter Carey’s brilliant and moving story of art, fraud, friendship and redemption.
Peter Carey’s exploration of the great adventure of American democracy, which brings to life the unusual relationship between two extraordinary characters.
Olivier is the traumatised French aristocrat who has been sent to the New World - ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck in case of a future revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer, who has been sent to protect and spy on Olivier. With the narrative shifting between the perspectives of master and servant, the adventure of American democracy unfolds, all told with Carey’s dazzling wit and inventiveness.
About the AuthorPeter Carey is an Australian author who has won the Booker Prize twice, for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang.