Dying in the first person

Sulway, Nike (2016) Dying in the first person. Transit Lounge Publishing, Melbourne, Australia. ISBN 978-0-9943958-3-2


‘One of those rare books that cracks the world open. Haunting, exquisite, startlingly original.’ James Bradley, author of Clade.

‘Dreamlike and prophetic and true. Like the best translators, Sulway pushes language to defy its limitations, to defy our own.’ Kristina Olsson, author of Boy, Lost and The China Garden.

Samuel and Morgan are twin brothers separated by several oceans. Once, when they were children, they shared a family, a childhood, and a secret imaginary world that had a language of its own: Nahum. But that was decades ago, before Morgan became a wanderer whose only contact with his brother was the Nahum stories, and before Samuel became his brother’s translator.

When Morgan unexpectedly passes away in the Netherlands, the woman he was living with –the mysterious Ana – agrees to accompany his body, and his final Nahum story, home to Australia. What she carries home to Samuel is not just a manuscript, but a startling revelation.

In gorgeous and incisive prose, Sulway conjures a haunting, moving story of the complex relationships and allegiances of family life, of silence and memory, and the power of words and the imagination to transform everything.

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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
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Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 02:41
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 03:54
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31784

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