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A. S. Patrić A. S. Patrić i(A122412 works by) (a.k.a. Alec Patric)
Gender: Male
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A. S. Patrić is a Melbourne-based writer and bookseller. He writes across fictional genres and was co-founder of the literary journal, Verity La. He has taught fiction writing at a number of institutions in Victoria.

In 2016, Patrić won the Miles Franklin Literary Award for his first novel Black Rock White City. His earlier short story collection, Las Vegas for Vegans was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards in 2013; while debut poetry collection Music for Broken Instruments was published in 2010. 

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y separately published work icon Atlantic Black Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2017 9173136 2017 single work novel historical fiction

In this haunting new novel, Katerina Klova and her mother are crossing the Atlantic by ocean liner. When Anne suffers a psychotic breakdown, Katerina is left alone on a ship full of strangers who span classes and stations, all of whom carry their ambitions, fears and obsessions with them. For a seventeen-year-old girl, the daughter of an ambassador, it’s an exciting, frightening world to navigate.

'Atlantic Black is a psychologically intense and affecting story of unexpected familial betrayal, of a mother and daughter's relationship, of a brother and father whose voices resonate from afar. Personal loneliness, love and loss, are tightly bound to the wider reality of a world set on a fateful course. The legacy of violence, and of how the First World War precipitated the Second World War reverberates as if ‘tolling on the inside of a church bell’. Through the eyes of Katerina and her own family’s place within a fracturing world, we see the way damage, yet also hope, are passed from one generation to another. A.S. Patrić's writing is achingly tender, the tone merciless but heartbreaking in its compassion.

'The story takes place over one day and night, New Year's Eve, 1939. The RMS Aquitania steams across the Atlantic Ocean. On the horizon, the world is about to explode.'  (Publication summary)

2018 highly commended Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Fiction
2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Black Rock White City Australia : Transit Lounge , 2015 8354709 2015 single work novel

'Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love. During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan's cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent. For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past. He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children.

'Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia's suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams. It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
2016 highly commended Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
y separately published work icon Las Vegas for Vegans Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2012 Z1905467 2012 selected work short story 'From Las Vegas to Melbourne, from Europe to a doomed airplane in mid-flight, from a seedy motel to the local bookstore, the true setting of these stories is the human heart. A son spends the day at work having left his father dying on the kitchen floor, a woman finds herself unexpectedly alone in a hotel room in Rome, Kafka watches the last journey of the famous Swimmer as he disappears into the Danube, a father abandons his family, yet mysteriously turns up three days later at the Mirage Inn on the edge of Simpson Desert. A. S. Patrić’s characters are searching for possibilities, truth and lies, the revelations of shadows, and the strange light that shines between tall buildings. Las Vegas for Vegans is original, assured, beautiful storytelling of exceptional craft, brimming with humour and compassion.' Source: (Sighted 05/12/2012).
2013 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award
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