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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Peter Carey: The Genesis of Fame/Lamb, Karen/Paper/0207176426/S049-A2
Angus & Robertson
'The Genesis of Fame' is a provocative, concise and readable account of Peter Carey's fiction, its critical reception and his emerging prominence as an author. It features key interviews and articles about him, and includes previously unpublished material from Carey's own manuscripts and papers. The "phenomenon" of Peter Carey began nearly a decade ago when his astonishing fictions first began to appear. As readers we have been an attentive audience, watching as Carey has taken us from the cheerless glitter of our "American Dreams", to the hippie hallucinations of Harry Joy in 'Bliss', to the sombre psychic realities of 'The Tax Inspector'. And behind his literary show-case of Australia there is Peter Carey himself, the multiple roles in which he has been publicly cast, and the resulting complex development of his image as a writer.