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The artist is a thief 2 editions

Cover of: The artist is a thief by Gray, Stephen
About the Book

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 Literary AwardMargaret 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.

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2 editions First published in 2001

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Cover of: The artist is a thief
2001, Allen & Unwin
The artist is a thief
in English
Cover of: The Artist is a Thief
2010, Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd
The Artist is a Thief
E-book in English

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