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Parrot and Olivier in America

by Peter Carey

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As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot, the son of an itinerant painter and Olivier, a French aristocrat and their picaresque travels together and apart - in love and politics, prisons and the world of art, Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.

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Parrot and Olivier in America Synopsis

Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution. Parrot the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution - Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe and foil.

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ISBN: 9780571253326
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571253296
Publication date: 04/02/2010
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571253326
Publication date: 3rd February 2011
Author: Peter Carey
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 592 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Peter Carey

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria in 1943. He has published 18 books and been translated into 24 languages. His numerous prize wins include the Man Booker Prize twice, the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize twice and the Miles Franklin Literary Award three times. His novels have sold in excess of one million copies in the UK alone. He has lived in New York for over twenty years.   Author photo © Laura Wilson  

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