Undercoat: A Parafoxical Tale
Melbourne is a City of Literature
Inspired by Nicolai Gogol’s story The Overcoat, and Teolinda Gersão’s story The Red Fox Fur Coat. In Gersão’s fable, a ‘humble bank clerk’ pays for a gorgeous fur coat in instalments, and finds herself transforming. Wearing the coat at last, she drives away from the city, and makes her first leap as a wild animal ‘into the depths of the forest’.
But what happens to this creature if her first, joyous leap is thwarted?
A supernatural tale of encounter with the Australian wilderness, in which the remnant wilderness ‘answers back’ as a provocative chorus of three red foxes.
Undercoat celebrates the splendid versatility of the earth’s most widespread wild carnivore — and the shape-shifting powers of language at large.
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