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The Adversary

Ronnie Scott



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17 April 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
'I was an agent of Dan, a captive of his, really. I went where he wanted me, and did as he wanted, and for a long time, in this way, I was happy.' It's been a long winter in a creaky house in Brunswick, where a young man has devoted himself to recreational showers, staring at his phone, and speculating on the activities of his best friend and housemate, Dan. But now summer is coming, and Dan has found a boyfriend and a job, so the young man is being pushed out into the world, in search of friendship and love.

The Adversary is a sticky summer novel about young people exploring their sexuality and their sociability, where everything smells like sunscreen and tastes like beer, but affections and alliances have consequences. It asks what kinds of stories are possible - or desirable - for which kinds of friendships, and what happens when you follow those stories to their natural conclusions.
By:   Ronnie Scott
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 136mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   314g
ISBN:   9780143796640
ISBN 10:   014379664X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   17 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ronnie Scott is a writer for The Monthly, the Saturday Paper, The Australian, the Weekend Australian Magazine, The Believer, ABC Radio National and the NGV. In 2007 he founded The Lifted Brow, a freeform literary magazine, and he teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne and RMIT.

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