Nicholas Hasluck Books

The Hand that Fees You

A novel - a satiric nightmare - published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 1982, republished Large Print Books 1990. Re-issued in 1990 with four extra new stories.
by Nicholas Hasluck

Publication Details:
Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1982
Paperback 194 pp
ISBN: 0 909144 55 9

Cover notes:
"The Hand That Feeds You is a topical satire in which the author pokes fun at the world around him including his own fictions.

The novel is set in the near future. Dee returns from overseas to find that since becoming a republic Australia is swarming with opportunists who devote their time to evading tax, defrauding the welfare system and watching cricket. Dee is persuaded to join in a conspiracy to take advantage of the new order, as a result of which, he is sucked into a maelstrom of bizarre adventures... ' a satirical nightmare". The description is apt. Surrealistic events float into view like visions from a dream: but just as a sleeper is haunted by the fear that it could all be true, the reader is drawn into the plot with increasing apprehension.

The New York Times has said that Nicholas Hasluck writes with 'a De Vriesian frenzy which elevates his work above the vast and average plain'. That judgement is borne out by his latest novel which raises a passionate cry, in a penetrating and witty manner, for the reader's awakening to serious problems in our society."

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