Christos Tsiolkas: Barracuda
Christos Tsiolkas has long been one of Australia’s most glittering literary treasures – and thanks to the success of his bestselling barbecue-stopper The Slap, he’s now a household name. In his sixth novel, Barracuda, Tsiolkas once again holds up a mirror to the deepest insecurities and most dearly held dreams of middle class Australia.
Tsiolkas delivers a searing exploration of failure, and how to come back from it — on the back of his greatest literary success.
Join our foremost chronicler of contemporary Melbourne for a typically tender and coruscating look at how we live now. In a wide-ranging conversation with Michael Williams, Tsiolkas addresses topics including class, writerly craft and - on the back of his Monthly cover essay about the asylum seeker issue –our collective capacity for compassion and social progress.
Co-presented by the Wheeler Centre and Readings.
Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre.
Christos Tsiolkas is the author of the novels Loaded, The Jesus Man, Dead Europe, The Slap and Barracuda, as well as the short story collection, Merciless Gods. He co-authored Jump Cuts: An Autobiography with Sasha Soldatow. He wrote a monograph on Fred Schepisi’s The Devil’s Playground for the Australian Screen Classics series, and a monograph on Patrick White for the Writers on Writers series by Back Inc.