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  • Published: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790846
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $26.00
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Ransom




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.

  • Pub date: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790846
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

David Malouf

David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including Ransom, The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek, Dream Stuff, Every Move You Make and his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. His most recent books are A First Place and The Writing Life. He was born in 1934 and was brought up in Brisbane.

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Awards & Recognition

  • ALS Gold Medal Award

    Winner • 2009 • ALS Gold Medal Award

  • Queensland Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2009 • Queensland Literary Awards

  • The Age Book of the Year Award

    Shortlisted • 2009 • The Age Book of the Year Award

  • WA Premier's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2009 • WA Premier's Literary Award (Fiction)

  • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

    Winner • 2010 • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

  • APA Book Design Awards

    Shortlisted • 2010 • APA Book Design Awards

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2010 • NSW Premier's Literary Awards

  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2010 • Prime Minister's Literary Awards


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