Amnesia

Publisher: Vintage Canada
From the two-time Booker Prize winner: a masterful, exceedingly timely new novel--at once dark, suspenseful and seriously funny--that takes us on a journey to the place where the cyber underworld of radicals and hackers collides with international power politics.

     When an internet virus throws open the gates at thousands of American prisons, the hacker turns out to be an unlikely young Australian woman. Has she declared cyber war on the United States or was her "Angel Worm" intended only to free the victims of Australia's immigration policies? Is she innocent? Can she be saved? The answers are up to journalist Felix Moore, a.k.a. Felix Moore-or-less-correct. His career is tanking when he gets this chance to write a biography that will vindicate the young woman. Funding is to be provided by an old friend--an outrageous millionaire property developer--and further impetus by an old flame: the young woman's actress mother whom Felix worshipped when they were at university together. And it will be our great good fortune to see the world through Felix's comic, cowardly, angry, yet fundamentally humane eyes as he attempts to save the young woman--and redeem himself in the bargain.

PRAISE FOR

Praise for Peter Carey and Amnesia:
"A master of storytelling." --Peter Kemp, The Sunday Times
"Peter Carey [has] that magnificent vitality, that ebullient delight in character, detail and language that turns a novel into an important book." --Beryl Bainbridge, The New York Times Book Review
"A completely original political novel." --The Guardian (Best Book)
"Bracing and abrasive new novel.... Carey, who has already won the Man Booker Prize twice, for Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2001)--should be in with a chance for a third prize next year. His Australia is no isolated continent; the country's vanished history casts a dark cloud over the present indeed over all the world." --The Economist
"Peter Carey, like John le Carré, has an uncanny knack of timeliness.... Amnesia is a political novel in the way of E.L. Doctorow.... Carey does intellectual ambition with a comic hand.... The novel is a wild ride, told through an exhilarating, sometimes bewildering array of voices. Carey is Australia's lyrebird master of dialogue, perfectly tuned to every nuance, or upward intonation, of successive generations of Australian speech.... The novel moves like a wildfire, constantly changing direction." --The Sydney Morning Herald