This chapter takes a look at Illywhacker, which studies twentieth-century Australian history and mixes family history with satirical fable and fantasy. It shows the significance of lies and lying and introduces the novelist-as-liar device. This chapter shows that Illywhacker allowed Carey to study storytelling and fiction-making, and even raised issues that are similar to those found in Bliss. It determines that this novel presents a certain phase of Australian culture and nationalism, as well as a search for identity that went wrong.
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