, Murray Bail's brilliant first novel, won the 1980 National Book Council Award and the Age
Book of the Year Award.
Thirteen men and women, married and single, happy and sad, visit various countries and museums, hotels and shops. They are like tourists anywhere, except that wherever they go-Africa, England, South America, New York or Russia-they find nothing is as it seems. Challenged by unexpected propositions, differences and subtleties of life and history, Bail's tourists are in turn repelled, attracted, altered.
'Bail is one of the very few highly accomplished stylists among contemporary writers.' Sydney Morning Herald