Set in Paraguay during the 1860s - the War of the Triple Alliance, which was the bloodiest conflict in Latin American history.
The megalomaniac President Lopez has married Madame Lynch, a Parisian courtesan. His ignorance and her egotism together bring ruin on the country and themselves. Against this violent background of bungled diplomacy, death and superstition, is set an allegory of conflicting values, where visions of the civilised arts of peace sacrifice a nation to its own barbarity.
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Starts on page 69
EXTRACT: Open the front door, whisk, in we go. Supposedly for a cafe an lait in your house, with all the relevant doors opened, so the servants could see there was no hanky-panky going on. Whish, proper barbarian. Servants night off and there I am on the dining room floor. Carpet. Rose and green flowers. We shall love and die together, Madame Lynch, you said. Ah, I thought, la petite mort. Lovely.
Perfecting the Monologue of Silence: An Interview with Louis Nowra. This is an edited version of an interview conducted at The University of Sydney, 17 December 1987