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Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
  

Parrot and Olivier in America

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

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 by Peter Carey

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.

About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd February 2011

Author

Peter Carey

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Publisher

Faber and Faber

Format

Paperback
592 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571253326

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