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Christos Tsiolkas confounds expectation with Damascus

"You're terrified every time you get a new book out," Christos Tsiolkas says. "It's like walking down the street naked."

This time there might be reason to be terrified.

His last two novels, The Slap and Barracuda, were about contemporary Australia – with all its class and race divisions and personal conflicts laid bare.

  • Jane Sullivan
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

They were international bestsellers that won him awards, acclaim, two television series and a host of devoted readers.

So why has he confounded expectations to dive back 2000…

Not exactly.

Tsiolkas was brought up in the Greek Orthodox faith but he “abandoned Christ” many years ago – partly because of St…

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