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My Life as a Fake

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781740513081
Author(s): Peter Carey
Format: Paperback
Year: 2004
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions: 154 x 24 x 233 (w x l x h)
Pages: 288

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MY LIFE AS A FAKE is a fantastical gothic tale, in part based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, about a hoax poet who mysteriously materialises and then pursues, taunts, haunts and otherwise destroys his maker. Two-time Booker prize winning author Peter Carey uses the Ern Malley hoax as a springboard, but the leap he takes is into the realms of richly imagined fiction. Sara, an English poetry editor on holiday in Kuala Lumpur, stumbles upon an Australian, Christopher Chubb, reading Rilke in a bicycle shop. The man shows her a scrap of poetry the like of which she's never seen. She becomes determined to get her hands on the poetry, to publish it (and revive) her ailing poetry journal. Chubb insists that Sara hear his story first. His tale is told over many sittings, and is the central story of MY LIFE AS A FAKE. As a conservative young poet in Melbourne in the 1950s, Chubb decided to teach the country a lesson about pretension and authenticity. Choosing as his target the most avant-garde of the literary magazines, he submitted for publication the entire oeuvre of one Bob McCorkle, a working-class poet of raw power and sexual frankness, conveniently dead at twenty-four and entirely the product of Chubb's imagination. Not only did the magazine fall for the hoax, but its editor was prosecuted for publishing obscenity. At the trial someone uncannily resembling the faked photograph of the invented McCorkle, leapt to his feet. At this moment the horrified Chubb was confronted by the male Please click here to ask a question
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