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Fever of Animals

(2015)
A novel by

 
WINNER OF THE 2014 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT AWARD

WINNER OF THE 2016 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS PEOPLE'S CHOICE

WINNER OF THE 2016 WESTERN AUSTRALIA PREMIER'S LITERARY AWARDS PEOPLE'S CHOICE

For nearly five years I have wanted to write something about the surrealist painter Emil Bafdescu: about his paintings, one of which hangs in a little restaurant in Melbourne, and about his disappearance, which is still a mystery. But this is probably not going to be the book I imagined. Nothing has quite worked out the way I planned.

With the small inheritance he received upon his father's death, Miles has come to Europe on the trail of the Romanian surrealist, who disappeared into a forest in 1967. But in trying to unravel the mystery of Bafdescu's secret life, Miles must also reckon with his own.

Faced with a language and a landscape that remain stubbornly out of reach, and condemned to wait for someone who may never arrive, Miles is haunted by thoughts of his ex-girlfriend, Alice, and the trip they took to Venice that ended their relationship.

Uncanny, occasionally absurd, and utterly original, Fever of Animals is a beautifully written meditation on art and grief.

PRAISE FOR MILES ALLINSON

'Allinson is unashamedly a serious writer, in the mould of dark luminaries like Roberto Bolano, Thomas Bernhard, Robert Walser, and perhaps W.G. Sebald ... Fever of Animals takes itself seriously, like good art should do ... and it takes you seriously. All it asks is that you take it seriously back, and to do so is pleasurable and challenging and nourishingly sad.' Readings Monthly

'The play between truth and fiction, between the writing self and the self written, is one of the great pleasures of Fever of Animals ... audacious, clever, and original' Australian Book Review

    

"An exquisite, painterly novel...It is heartbreaking to reach the final page." - Emily Bitto


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Paperback Editions

August 2018 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
ISBN: 1-925106-82-9 / 978-1-925106-82-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe Publications
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April 2016 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
ISBN: 1-925228-30-4 / 978-1-925228-30-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe UK
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
ISBN: 1-4890-9868-2 / 978-1-4890-9868-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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May 2016 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
ISBN: 1-4890-9884-4 / 978-1-4890-9884-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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May 2016 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
ISBN: 1-4890-9867-4 / 978-1-4890-9867-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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August 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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August 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fever of Animals
Author(s): Miles Allinson
Publisher: Scribe
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