George Haddad reads from Populate and Perish
Hares and Hyenas
The freshest writing to come out of Melbourne since Christos Tsiolkas’ Loaded.
Populate and Perish is a brilliant novella about a young Lebanese-Australian man who travels to Beirut with his sister in search of his estranged father. Tony Birch described the George as ‘a fresh and dynamic voice in fiction’.
Nick is treading water. No boyfriend. No career. Living in a granny flat in Coburg. On a whim he decides to travel with his twin sister, Amira, to Lebanon in search of their estranged father. Their mother, who has passed away a couple of years earlier, only ever referred to their father as the kalb – the dog – they know next to nothing about him. In Beirut Nick and Amira find family, a sense of belonging and surprising answers to questions they hadn’t known to ask.
With a razor-sharp wit, incisive social critiques and intensity of feeling, Populate and Perish announces George Haddad as an important new player on the Australian literary scene.
George Haddad is well known to lovers of spoken word at the Hare Hole, having read several of his pieces here over the year.
FREE. Friday 7 October at 7.30pm
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