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Conrad, Peter

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1948-    ) Australian teacher and author, in UK since 1968, where he has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford since 1973. His best nonfiction focuses on music and film; his one novel of sf interest, Underworld (1992), focuses on the metaphysics of urban life in the context of a City located, as far as can be told, in the midst of an abstractly envisioned Ruined Earth. Baroque twists of plot, and figures half-emblematic of legend, generate a rich but ultimately tentative portrayal of an urban world both static and in extremis. "An Aleatory Island", the final chapter of the nonfiction The Art of the City: Views and Versions of New York (1984), adumbrates future visions of the nature of New York; earlier fantastications of the metropolis are considered elsewhere in the text. [JC]

Peter Conrad

born Hobart, Tasmania: 2 November 1948

works (highly selected)

  • Underworld (London: Chatto and Windus, 1992) [hb/]



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