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The two-time Booker Prize winner now gives us an exceedingly timely, exhilarating novel—at once dark, suspenseful, and seriously funny—that journeys to the place where the cyber underworld collides with international power politics.

When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into Australia’s prison computer system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. And because the Americans run the prisons (let’s be honest: as they do in so many parts of her country),  the doors of some five thousand jails in the United States also open. Is this a mistake, or a declaration of cyber war? And does it have anything to do with the largely forgotten Battle of Brisbane between American and Australian forces in 1942? Or with the CIA-influenced coup in Australia in 1975? Felix Moore, known to himself as “our sole remaining left-wing journalist,” is determined to write Gaby’s biography in order to find the answers—to save her, his own career, and, perhaps his country. But how to get Gaby—on the run, scared, confused, and angry—to cooperate?

Bringing together the world of hackers and radicals with the “special relationship” between the United States and Australia—and Australia and the CIA—Amnesia is a novel that speaks powerfully about the often hidden past—but most urgently about the more and more hidden present.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A twisting, thriller-ish tale…A sharp ripost to those who say fiction can’t cope with the cyber age…Intriguing.”

    Times (London)

  • “A tale of betrayal, paranoia and conspiracy…Amnesia is at once a bold account of Australia’s uncomfortable and slippery relationship with the United States and an ambitious meditation on the writer’s uncomfortable and slippery relationship with facts and their audience…A terrific book.”

    Independent (UK)

  • “Amnesia is exhilaratingly suffused with Carey’s wild prodigality of invention…Amnesia glitters with nervy verbal inventiveness and pungent characterization. Carey conjures the longings and anxieties of his wayward teenaged idealists with the same pathos and precision with which he depicts the pains and disillusions of middle age.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “[This] lively 13th novel from the Australian magus Peter Carey will leave the mind reeling. It is tremendous fun, a satiric burlesque as fast as a speeding car…seething with benign rage and as black as reality…The narrative energy of Amnesia is impressive…[It] contains some of the sharpest characterization Carey has written…blunt and funny, brave and outspoken.”

    Irish Times

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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About the Author
Author Peter Carey

Peter Carey is the author of ten previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.