Crossing the Gulf

Laughter punctuates Alexis Wright's conversation like the call of a bittersweet bird. It's born of hardship and ambition, and the daily arguments she had with herself over the four years it took to write her second and latest novel, Carpentaria. What she was searching for was an authentic literary voice that could traverse a continent and tell its inside stories to the outside world. It's a struggle that has already found her an audience in France, where pioneering publishing house Actes Sud translated her first novel, Plains of Promise, and a collection of her short stories, The Pact of the Rainbow...

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