Steven Muir, August Spiess and his daughter Gertrude, and Lang Tzu all acknowledge a restless sense of cultural displacement, an ambivalence in their relations with the culture of European Australia. Steven left England for Australia as a young man and his one attempt at returning is unsuccessful. August Spiess, although he speaks frequently of returning to his native Hamburg, fails to make the journey, as does his daughter Gertrude. Lang Tzu's very name defines his fate: 'two characters which in Mandarin signify the son who goes away.' The 'game', however, does have winners. For despite their yearnings for the home of their ancestral dreams, a desire to belong somewhere that is truly their own, none of Miller's characters leaves Australia, and each in their own way comes to see that to be at home in exile may be a defining paradox of the European Australian condition: the paradox of belonging and estrangement that perhaps lies uneasily at the heart of all European cultures. The Ancestor Game, which Robert Dessaix described as 'one of the most engrossing books I've read in a long time', is an enthralling journey into the ancestral dreams and present dilemmas of a rich cast of characters. 'A wonderful novel of stunning intricacy and great beauty.' - Michael Ondaatje 'Takes the historical novel to new frontiers. It is fabulous in every sense of the word.' - Commonwealth Writers Prize judges 'Extraordinary fictional portraits of China and Australia.' - New York Times Book Review 'A major new novel of grand design and rich texture, a vast canvas of time and space, its gaze outward yet its vision intimate and intellectually abundant.' - The Age
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The best-selling, 1993 Miles Franklin Award-winning novel from one of Australia's foremost literary writers.About the Author:
Alex Miller is twice winner of Australia's premier literary prize, The Miles Franklin Literary Award, first in 1993 for The Ancestor Game and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, in 1993 for The Ancestor Game. His fifth novel, Conditions of Faith, won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2001 New South Wales Premier's Awards. In 2011 he won this award a second time with his most recent novel Lovesong. Lovesong also won the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Awards, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Age Fiction Prize for 2011. In 2007 Landscape of Farewell was published to wide critical acclaim and in 2008 won the Chinese Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Best Novel and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. It was also short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the ALS Gold Medal and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Alex is published internationally and widely in translation.
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Book Description Penguin Books Australia, 1992. Book Condition: Good. (3rd). N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP3532558
Book Description Penguin Books Australia. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Bookseller Inventory # G0140159878I3N00
Book Description Penguin Books Australia, 1992. Book Condition: As New. (3rd). N/A. Ships from the UK. Book in almost Brand New condition. Bookseller Inventory # GRP88638009
Book Description Penguin Books Australia. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0140159878 Paperback. Tight and clean. Light wear. No marks or damage. Very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # D10C20023
Book Description Penguin Books Australia 1992 Paperback, 1992. Book Condition: Very Good. While attempting to unravel the puzzle surrounding an exiled artist of a wealthy Chinese lineage, the protagonist finds himself confronting the mysteries which relate to the past and the present. Previous works by this Melbourne-based author include 'Watching the Climbers on the Mountain' and 'The Tivington Nott'. 302 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 488356
Book Description Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good. signed copy.very good overall condition. we post same or next working day from the u/k. Bookseller Inventory # 0926MWJ6OIS
Book Description Penguin Books, Ringwood, 1992. Soft Cover. Book Condition: F-. Sixth Printing. 8vo. original printed paper wraps (a trifle rubbed & creased); pp. [viii (last bank)], 302, [10 (pubs. advts.)]. A near fine copy. Flatsigned to title page 'Alex Miller'. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 017495
Book Description Penguin Books , Ringwood, Victoria, 1993. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. [viii], 302p. Original illustrated wrappers. Seventh printing. Miller's third novel and winner of the author's first Miles Franklin Award as well as a Commonwealth Writer's Prize and the Fellowship of Australian Writers Barbara Ramsden Award. Only printed in softcover in Australia. Usual tanning to blank verso of covers and to page margins else a nice copy. Inscribed for former ANU University Librarian ("To Colin Steele") and signed by Miller on the title page. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 16098
Book Description Penguin Books, Ringwood, Victoria, 1992. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 302p., [viii]pp adverts. Original illustrated wrappers. The very scarce first printing. Miller's third novel and winner of the author's first Miles Franklin Award as well as a Commonwealth Writer's Prize and the Fellowship of Australian Writers Barbara Ramsden Award. Only printed in softcover in Australia. Usual tanning to blank verso of covers and to page margins, light creasing to corner of front cover, previous owner details on last page of advertisements else a nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 9260M
Book Description Penguin Books, Ringwood, 1992. Soft Cover. Book Condition: VG. First Edition. 8vo. original printed paper wraps (rubbed & creased, some general marking, spine sunned, as usual); pp. [viii (last bank)], 302, [10 (pubs. advts.)]. A very good copy of the true first edition, uncommon. Flatsigned to title page 'Alex Miller'. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 017997