Eight years after his last novel, Seven Types of Ambiguity, Melbourne author Elliot Perlman returns with his latest book, The Street Sweeper. In just his fourth book, the acclaimed author and barrister, who burst onto the scene with Three Dollars, is once again displaying the depth and humanism that made France’s Lire magazine call him “one of the 50 most important writers in the world”. In conversation with Matthia Dempsey, he discusses his new novel, the horrors of tackling 20th century history through fiction and his return to the City of Literature after some years away.
Elliot Perlman is an award-winning writer of one short story collection and three novels. He lives in Melbourne, where he also works as a barrister.
Matthia Dempsey is a writer, reviewer and editor-in-chief of Bookseller + Publisher magazine.