Review of Christos Tsiolkas: The Utopian Vision, by Jessica Gildersleeve


Christos Tsiolkas: The Utopian Vision, by Jessica Gildersleeve. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2017. Web US$30.99, PDF US$41.99, E-book US$51.99, Hardback US$104.99.

I still come across people who find Christos Tsiolkas’s work creepy or off-putting. Usually these people have had a brush with Dead Europe and decided that it is too bleak, too violent, too sexually explicit, or perhaps too explicitly political. They haven’t read on. It strikes me as an odd reaction, or at least one that is trapped in a particular moment and hence overlooks the trajectory Tsiolkas’s career has taken since the publication of The Slap in 2008. As Jessica Gildersleeve tells us in the acknowledgements to Christos Tsiolkas: The Utopian Vision, she in fact first read The Slap with her mother’s book club I’m sure the experience isn’t unusual. I’m sometimes in a similar situation: my parents and their reading group friends are very eager to talk to me about Tsiolkas, the television adaptations of his work and the sense of controversy that lingers over him. They…

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Published 19 September 2017 in Volume 32 No. 2. Subjects: Contemporary literature, Christos Tsiolkas.

Cite as: McCann, Andrew. ‘Review of Christos Tsiolkas: The Utopian Vision, by Jessica Gildersleeve.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 32, no. 2, 2017, doi: 10.20314/als.c81749e584.