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|Alexis Wright (b. 1950) – Australian (indigenous) novelist, short story writer – Carpentaria (2006)|
Read the Wikipedia article about Alexis Wright
Carpentaria offers a portrait of a fictional town called Desperance, where white and Aboriginal people are segregated, the mayor, Stan Bruiser, is a bigot capable of limitless brutality, the “good” whites are ineffectual, and the central Aboriginal characters – fisherman-turned-taxidermist Normal Phantom and his wife, Angel Day – have to fight to preserve what Wright, echoing Seamus Heaney, calls “the sovereignty of the mind”. When white people have taken your land, exiled you to the scummy edge of town – Angel Day spends much of her time hunting through a rubbish tip – and stripped you of your rights, all you have left is your own way of seeing the world. Wright’s book is both a celebration of that vision and an attempt to recreate it – to tell the world the sort of stories her grandmother used to tell her, in that ageless voice.
(Stephen Moss, The Guardian, April 14, 2008)
Alexis Wright talks about life, her novel The Swan Book, and her grandmother in this interview
August 29, 2014