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The Garden of Sorrows
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John Hughes Marco Luccio
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The Garden of Sorrows

John Hughes Marco Luccio


University of Western Aus

Fiction & Literature;
Short stories


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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK - This evocative treasure of fables and imagery is a collaboration between Sydney writer, John Hughes and Melbourne artist, Marco Luccio.

The concept is described by John in his preface, ‘It would be interesting, I thought, to take each man apart into his animals and then come to a thorough agreement with them. Because what an astonishing hierarchy there is among animals, and the truth is we see them according to how we stole their qualities’.

Printed on delicate paper stock, this is a beautiful coffee table book in which to seek refuge at day’s end. Craig Kirchner


Fourteen mesmerising fables and the etchings they inspired draw us back to our origins in a garden of sorrow and exile, death and renewal, beauty and melancholy.
John Hughes re-imagines a series of fables in which Australian animals take on human qualities, as thief and actor, warrior and poet, farmer and merchant. These are reverse fables — in the way that the Antipodes reverse northern hemisphere logic — that cast us back to the flux at the beginning of the world; inchoate nature, the world in a state of formation, the garden and the inferno. These are New World stories. 

Accompanied by artist Marco Luccio’s darkly wry etchings, this collaboration between two artists is as unique as the stories it contains.

By:   John Hughes
Illustrated by:   Marco Luccio
Imprint:   University of Western Aus
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 210mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781742585147
ISBN 10:   1742585140
Publication Date:   October 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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