Sue Black Alles was bleibtLisa Halliday AsymmetriePeter Schwindt BorderlandDavid Lynch TraumweltenWilliam E. Glassley Eine wildere ZeitAlexandra Christo Elian und Lira Das wilde Herz der SeeTom Franklin Krumme Type krumme TypeDaryl Gregory Die erstaunliche Familie TelemachusBen Aaronovitch Geister auf der Metropolitan LineAjahn Brahm Wie hilft der Bär beim GlücklichseinPeter V. Brett Die Stimmen des Abgrunds

Eva Hornung hat es mit ihrem Roman »The Last Garden« (Text Publishing) auf die Shortlist für den Miles Franklin Literary Award geschafft, der als der bedeutendste Literaturpreis Australiens gilt. Zuletzt gewann Hornung 2009 den Prime Minister's Literary Award für ihren Roman »Dog Boy«.

Eva Hornung The Last Garden

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Eva Hornung won the PM’s Literary Award for Fiction for her 2009 novel Dog Boy. In The Last Garden, she once again explores the frailties of humans and the strength of animals. The ‘garden’ is a settlement founded by people who expect the return of the Messiah, but increasingly feel they have been waiting too long. When Matthias Orion shoots first his wife and then himself, their teenage son Benedict is the one to find the bodies. His reaction is to move into the barn with the horses and chickens, exiling himself and sending ripples of unrest through the community. Pastor Helfgott watches over the boy, expecting him to return to ‘normal’. However, as the seasons change, Benedict’s behaviour becomes more like that of his animal companions, and Helfgott starts to question his own moral and philosophical tenets. Set in a world that’s not quite past, yet not quite future, The Last Garden is vivid, visceral and disconcerting. The descriptions of animals are intensely empathetic, and the book raises fundamental and confronting questions about how our animal and our human selves can or should co-exist. Some of the religious sermons and ecclesiastical references can feel obscure, but perhaps that’s a deliberate challenge from an author so strikingly self-assured. This is an idiosyncratic book that also recalls Michael Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things and John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony. It will be much discussed by fans of literary fiction.

(Hilary Simmons is a former assistant editor at Books+Publishing and a freelance writer and editor)