The Artist is a Thief

Stephen Gray
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Winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for 2000. The judges commented on this book as 'impressive, tackles central issues without flinching'.

Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2000.

Margaret Thatcher Gandarrwuy is an internationally renowned Aboriginal artist from the remote Mission Hole community in the Northern Territory. Her works command high prices - until a new painting is unveiled. It is discovered slashed, with the words hastily scrawled across it, 'The artist is a thief'. Is the artist a thief? Is she to blame, or is she the victim of somebody else's fraud?

This is a philosophical detective novel with a difference, set in a world where everyone but the 'detective' knows the rules. Jean-Loup Wild, a Melbourne financial consultant sent by ATSIC to Mission Hole, is caught between the art world, with its wealth, fashions, heroes and sophisticated private language, and the Aboriginal community with its poverty, social problems, kinship ties and unchanging traditional law. If Jean-Loup can find the artist he can begin to find the secret of what has been happening at Mission Hole. He can begin, also, to understand how the layers of that mystery lie deep in the bedrock of Australian society.

Author bio:

STEPHEN GRAY is a writer and law lecturer who has been living in Darwin since 1989. He teaches subjects in copyright law and indigenous peoples and the law, amongst others, and is involved in teaching indigenous students. Since 1991 he has published a number of articles about indigenous legal issues, including several concerning ways in which indigenous people can gain legal protection for their art and culture. His first novel, Lungfish, won the Jessie Litchfield Award for Literature and was published by Northern Territory University Press in 1999.

Category: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9781865085333
Awards: Short-listed Braille Book of the year category, Vision Australia Library Awards 2002 AU; Winner SMH's Best Young Novelists of the Year 2001 AU; Winner The Australian/Vogel Literary Award 2000 AU
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: October 2001
Page Extent: 300
Format: Paperback - B format
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Subject: Literary fiction