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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896560
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99
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The Fat Man in History and Other Stories




combines Peter Carey's bizarre, brilliant, chilling short stories from The Fat Man in History and War Crimes, plus three not in either.

The Fat Man in History and Other Stories combines the brilliant, bizarre, funny, chilling pieces originally published in The Fat Man in History and War Crimes (plus three stories not in either). Those from Fat Man posit what-ifs, with the title story wondering how, were some post-Marxist utopia to declare obesity counter-revolutionary, a household of fat men would strike back. Those from War Crimes are all in one way or another about power – those who wield it, those who want it, and those who recall either its dazzling exhilaration or degradation.

  • Pub date: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760896560
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Peter Carey

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, and now lives in New York. He is the author of fourteen novels (including one for children), two volumes of short stories, and two books on travel. Amongst other prizes, Carey has won the Booker Prize twice (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang), the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize twice (for Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang), and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times (for Bliss, Oscar and Lucinda and Jack Maggs). He is an officer of the Order of Australia and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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