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Book Title: The Unknown Industrial Prisoner|
Date of issue: February 14th 1972
ISBN 13: 9780207122675
The author of the book: David Ireland
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 762 KB
Edition: Angus and Robertson
Read full description of the books The Unknown Industrial Prisoner:Australian classic.
"In his 'preface' which comes near the end of this extraordinary novel David Ireland says:
'It has been my aim to take apart, then build up piece by piece this mosaic of one kind of human life...to remind my present age of its industrial adolescence.'
"Piece by piece, David Ireland portrays a kind of life which is lived at an oil refinery in Sydney - from its highest tower from which one of the workers plunges to death, to the secret hide-out in the mangroves where the men refresh themselves with such ladies as the Sandpiper and Never on Sundays. He takes apart this vast industrial complex and its multitudinous characters, then reassembles it into a mosiac fiery and macabre, whose crazy patterns are lit with grim humour.
"The huge structure becomes an image, at once amusing and appalling, of the whole industrial society in which modern man is trapped."
Read information about the authorDavid Neil Ireland AM (born 24 August 1927) is an Australian novelist
David Ireland was born in Lakemba in New South Wales in 1927.
Before taking up full-time writing in 1973 he undertook the classic writer's apprenticeship by working in a variety of jobs ranging from greenkeeper to an extended period in an oil refinery.
This latter job provided the inspiration for his second (and best-known) novel, The Unknown Industrial Prisoner, which brought him recognition in the early 1970s and which is still considered by many critics to be one of best and most original Australian novels of the period.
He is one of only four Australian writers to win the Miles Franklin Award more than twice
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