The Trip is the story of Odysseus or Oddy who claims he’s as old as Arfstraya itself. He’s brain-damaged, demented, deluded or just senile. He is an old beer-drinker who has drunk too much grog in his time; he is perpetually down the local pub; indeed, he just about lives there… Or he’s been embittered by all the indignities he’s suffered as a Greek migrant to Arfstraya or he’s telling the truth and he really is one of the Olympian gods, an immortal, a minor deity, a demi- or semi-god who can even remember the dinosaurs… The Trip traverses Australian history, and features some prominent Australian historical personalities on the way.
About the Author
George Papaellinas grew up in Sydney and now lives in Melbourne. A collection of short stories, Ikons, is published by Penguin Books; a novel, No, was published by Random House/Vintage; ABC Books published Mumma’s Kitchen, a collection of short stories and recipes, co-edited with Helen Addison-Smith. He is currently working on a translation of Homer’s Odyssey.