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In the warm alkaline waters of the public bath a headstrong young engineer accidentally collides with a beautiful actress. From this innocent collision of flesh begins a passion that takes them from the Wiltshire Downs to the most elemental choices of life and death in the Australian desert. Their intense romance is but part of the daring story that unfolds. Mingling history, myth and technology with a modern cinematic and poetic imagination, Robert Drewe presents a fable of European ambitions in an alien landscape, and a magnificently sustained metaphor of water as the life-and-death force.

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  • The Drowner
    Robert Drewe

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    9781742283487

    September 3, 2001

    Penguin eBooks

    348 pages

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    9780141008028

    September 3, 2001

    Penguin

    352 pages

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