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Bruce Woodcock

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719043604

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719043604.001.0001

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The Tax Inspector (1991)

The Tax Inspector (1991)

(p.89) 6 The Tax Inspector (1991)
Peter Carey

Bruce Woodcock

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on The Tax Inspector, which is considered as Carey's most savage novel to date. It observes that this novel effectively captures Karl Marx's vision of the ravening effects of capital and brings its readers full circle back to the power-crazed psychopathic business world of ‘War Crimes’. This chapter determines that in this novel Carey links together two areas of urgent concern, namely child sexual abuse and rampant capitalism.

Keywords:   savage novel, The Tax Inspector, Karl Marx, effects of capital, War Crimes, child sexual abuse, capitalism

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