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Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature

Malouf's fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature

David Malouf shines new light on Homer’s Iliad, adding twists and reflections, as well as flashes of earthy humour, to surprise and enchant. In this exquisite gem of a novel, Achilles is maddened by grief at the death of his friend Patroclus. From the walls of Troy, King Priam watches the body of his son, Hector, being dragged behind Achilles’ chariot. There must be a way, he thinks, of reclaiming the body - of pitting compromise against heroics, new ways against the old, and of forcing the hand of fate. Dressed simply and in a cart pulled by a mule, an old man sets off for the Greek camp ...

Lyrical, immediate and heartbreaking Malouf’s fable engraves the epic themes of the Trojan war onto a perfect miniature - themes of war and heroics, hubris and humanity, chance and fate, the bonds between soldiers, fathers and sons, all newly burnished and brilliantly recast for our times.

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    9780143790846

    March 19, 2018

    Penguin

    240 pages

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  • EBook

    9781864715859

    July 1, 2012

    Random House Australia

    240 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • ALS Gold Medal Award
    2009
    Winner
    ALS Gold Medal Award
  • Queensland Literary Awards
    2009
    Shortlisted
    Queensland Literary Awards
  • The Age Book of the Year Award
    2009
    Shortlisted
    The Age Book of the Year Award
  • WA Premier's Literary Awards
    2009
    Shortlisted
    WA Premier's Literary Award (Fiction)
  • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    2010
    Winner
    Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
  • APA Book Design Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    APA Book Design Awards
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards
    2010
    Shortlisted
    Prime Minister's Literary Awards