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Published on Jul 16, 2013
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Parrot and Olivier is Peter Carey's most recent novel, set in early 19th century America. Olivier— an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English engraver.
They are born on different sides of history, but their lives are joined by an enigmatic one-armed marquis...
Through Parrot and Olivier, Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy in conversation with Claire Messud and Edmund White.