Bernard Cohen is the author of Snowdome (Allen
& Unwin, 1998), The
Blindman's Hat (Allen & Unwin,
1997 -- winner of the 1996 Australian/Vogel Literary
Award), and Tourism (Picador,
Snowdome is a tale of two histories.
In the present: Tinnitus is the spirit of the age.William comes home,
flicks the radio on, turns it up. His head is full of noise. William
and in his friends live in Sydney, a mumbling city. They think about
the future, and thinking hurts.
In the future: Sydney has been emptied out by economic forces and
re-opened as a museum. The museum guide's task is to describe the
city's history to tourists. He can no longer tell if that history is
true or if he has made it up. He hears the firmness in his voice on
the cassette tapes and he keeps his doubts to himself.
Blindman's Hat is a
comic mystery novel starring an expatriate Australian journalist in
New York, his ex-mobile-telephone technician girlfriend and Muffy --
his fluffy white dog.
Tourism is a fake tourist guidebook to
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