The Household Guide to Dying

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Show simple item record Adelaide, Debra en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US 2010-06-16T05:04:32Z 2010-06-16T05:04:32Z 2008 en_US
dc.identifier 2009001483 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Adelaide Debra 2008, 'The Household Guide to Dying', Picador, Sydney; Auckland en_US
dc.identifier.issn 9780330424806 en_US
dc.identifier.other N1 en_US
dc.description.abstract This is a major creative work, a novel of approximately 100,000 words. It was first published in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand in May 2008, and has since been published in: Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain (including a Catalonian language edition), Brazil, China, Israel, Canada and the USA; paperback editions, audio language editions and reprints have appeared in four of these countries and a film option has been sold. Critical acclaim for the novel in the form of reviews has appeared around the world; it has been endorsed by internationally best selling authors such as Cecilia Ahem and Wally Lamb; and in May 2009 the novel was longlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize for fiction. The Household Guide to Dyingis a contemporary story that examines the dilemma of premature death within a family, and uses a variety of narrative forms to deliver a tale that oscillates between humour and gravity. Letters, emails and extracts from other (fictional) works combine with a narrative of the immediate and distant past to give the reader a sense of the narrator's dislocation within a time of crisis. As a cultural artefact this novel is particularly important in three ways: it explores and challenges taboos regarding death and dying in contemporary culture; and it exploits the idea of the self-help industry in its satirising of the idea of a guide to dying, in which the ironic reference of the title becomes apparent. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it dramatises, and re-interrogates, issues of maternal nurturing and domestic work, including the related anxieties and dilemmas, that feminist theory has been concerned with since the new wave of feminism in the post-1960s. en_US
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dc.publisher Picador en_US
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dc.title The Household Guide to Dying en_US
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dc.publocation Sydney; Auckland en_US
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dc.identifier.endpage en_US FASS.Creative Practices Group en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 190402 en_US
dc.personcode 030097 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1st en_US
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