A decade-by-decade portrait of 20th-century Australia through the prism of one family. Abacus is a novel about the end times, of generational violence and the instinct for survival by one of Australia’s leading contemporary poets.
“There is writing here that is twisted towards poetic vibrations of disgust and horror that’s inevitably funny in a wry desolate register, making the reading a degenerate pilgrimage.” Richard Marshall, 3AM Magazine
“Abacus weaves an erudite but harsh beauty from the tattered seams of Australian history.” Cameron Woodhead, Sydney Morning Herald
Read excerpts at Litro (“Old School”) & Numéro Cinq (“King Shit”) or download Abacus ebook edition (2020) by Louis Armand free
ISBN 978-1-922181-49-7. 220pp. July 2015. Paperback: fiction. Vagabond Press: Sydney. Cover art by Glendyn Ivin.