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Fredy Neptune

A Novel In Verse

Les Murray

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Praised internationally as a modern-day epic, Fredy Neptune is an astonishing addition to Les Murray's celebrated poetic achievement. As World War I begins, German-Australian sailor Fredy Boettcher witnesses frenzied mobs burning Armenian women to death in Turkey. The sight causes him, through moral shock, to lose his sense of touch. This mysterious disability protects and curses Fredy as he orbits the horror and humor of a catastrophic age. Told in a lyrical yet anti-literary blue-collar English, this picaresque narrative is deeply ironic but ripe with epiphany.

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Praise for Fredy Neptune

"Murray's way with language and imagery is thrilling. . . . He has given his protagonist a biting plebeian voice, a vernacular that soars."--The New York Times

"Working-class lyricism undiminished in two hundred and fifty-three pages. . . . You can rely on the unexpected to keep happening here, and always to be exhilarating."--The New Yorker

"Highly charged in ideas as in language, Fredy Neptune may jump from sin to salvation and from Suez to Sydney in a single stanza, but it is no novelty act. Neither archer nor centaur, it is a novel. And a ripping good yarn."-- Los Angeles Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Les Murray

  • Les Murray was born in 1938 in New South Wales, where he lives. FSG is publishing his new collection of poetry, Selected Poems.
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A Novel In Verse

Les Murray

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