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Elliot Perlman


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From the civil rights struggle in the United States to the Nazi crimes against humanity in Europe, there are more stories than people passing each other every day on the bustling streets of every crowded city. Only some survive to become history.

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”. 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 will be in conversation with Matthia Dempsey.


Elliot Perlman

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. Elliot has published the novels Three Dollars (1998), Seven Types of Ambiguity (2003) and The Street Sweeper (2011), as well as the short story collect... Read more

Matthia Dempsey

Matthia Dempsey is a writer, reviewer and editor-in-chief of Bookseller + Publisher magazine.


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