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.