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The White Body of Evening

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The White Body of Evening

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Author: A. L. McCann
Publisher: Flamingo, 2002

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Genre: Horror
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Set between 1891 and 1922, The White Body of Evening is a compelling and thought-provoking debut novel. It focuses on the exploits of a family of true eccentrics--the Walters--as they come to grips with all the horror and hilarity of life. They roam the alleyways and arcades of old Melbourne--a Gothic labyrinth teeming with brothels, magic shops, fortune tellers, poets and predators--and even flee to the war-torn Europe, all the while trying to make sense of what it means to be urban and Australian. For beyond the respectable facades, beyond the rituals of nation-building and middle-class propriety lies another darker world--one of obsession, derangement, dissipation and crime--and it is this world into which the Walters are drawn. From Melbourne to Vienna and back again, nothing is quite what it seems--the lure of the perverse is potent and can only climax in one disastrous way...

This is an exceptional novel, a work of intricacy, magic and squalor, at once confronting and entertaining, ribald and elegant. Written with an historian's eye for detail and a painter's love of beauty, it heralds an important new voice in Australian fiction.

A brooding, Goth-historical tale from an outstanding new talent.


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