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The Axeman's Carnival (Paperback)

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WINNER OF THE JANN MEDLICOTT ACORN PRIZE FOR FICTION AT THE 2023 OCKHAM NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS


A dazzling portrayal of humanity and the natural world that perfectly balances violence and humor


Tama is just a helpless chick when he is rescued by Marnie, and this is where his story might have ended. "If it keeps me awake," says Marnie's husband Rob, a farmer, "I'll have to wring its neck." But with Tama come new possibilities for the couple's future. Tama can speak, and his fame is growing. Outside, in the pines, his father warns him of the wickedness wrought by humans. Indoors, Marnie confides in him about her violent marriage. The more Tama sees, the more the animal and the human worlds--and all the precarity, darkness and hope within them--bleed into one another. Like a stock truck filled with live cargo, the story moves inexorably towards its dramatic conclusion: the annual Axeman's Carnival.


Part trickster, part surrogate child, part witness, Tama the magpie is the star of this story. Though what he says aloud to humans is often nonsensical (and hilarious), the tale he tells us weaves a disturbingly human sense. The Axeman's Carnival is Catherine Chidgey at her finest--comic, profound, poetic and true.


"A writer of formidable resources, a deft stylist possessed of uncanny imaginative acuity."--The Guardian




Product Details
ISBN: 9798889660224
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: August 13th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English