Capital, Volume One
FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 224 pages
SIZE: 234 x 153 mm
ISBN: 9781742585666
RIGHTS: Australia and New Zealand
CATEGORY: Anthony Macris, Fiction,

Capital, Volume One


Anthony Macris

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book, Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region, Anthony Macris' highly-acclaimed debut novel Capital, Volume One takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through the overcrowded tube tunnels of London.

In a London Underground station during the build-up to peak hour: a penniless tourist, hefting an enormous backpack, is almost pushed off the crowded platform; an elderly woman craves a cigarette while staring at a government health warning; a pregnant mouse struggles to escape an oncoming train. In the tropical heat of suburban Brisbane: a lone schoolboy has a disconcerting experience while watching a film in a multiplex; three office workers mercilessly taunt a colleague; a father discusses with his young sons the morality of Stalin's starvation of the peasantry.


Joint winner – Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 1998
Shortlisted – Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book 1998, Southeast Asia and South Pacific Region


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Praise for Capital, Volume One:

Nothing escapes the camera eye of Macris’ haunting, impersonal and precise prose… Macris reveals himself as a writer of fascinating originality.



The most assured and interesting first novel I have encountered for years. Brisbane and Bowie, busking and bricolage, tourism and Walkman, Deluze and Guattari, converge in the London Underground in a postmodern panic.



... at once a stunning masterclass in the art of literary point of view and a bitter rumination on the commodification of the image in contemporary capitalistism ... DeLillo-esque camera-eye prose ... [Macris] should be wholeheartedly commended.