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Peter Carey's Deceptional Devices

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The two-time Booker Prize-winning Australian author Peter Carey discussed writing with an American perspective.

From this 2007 session of BAM's Eat, Drink & Be Literary series, Carey read from his novel His Illegal Self and took questions from the dining audience. The conversation was moderated by author Aoibheann Sweeney.

Stream and download the talk here for free.

(Audio presentation courtesy of the National Book Foundation)



Bon Mots

On the Aussie Nature of Trickery: "We Australians do have an enormous affection for the notion of confidence men and tricksters."

On Self (in Writing): "I tend to have no interest in expressing myself or writing about myself whatsoever."

On American Social Classes: "I've seen no evidence of class. You never seem to have a working class. You only have a middle class. I don't know how you've managed to do all the things you've done with out them, but...class is a strong force in American life — but weirdly labeled and still a puzzle to me."