The Whistler

TitleThe Whistler
Year for Search1998
AuthorsJohnson, Stephanie(b. 1961)
Date Published1998
PublisherAllen & Unwin
Place PublishedSt. Leonards, NSW, Australia
KeywordsAotearoa/New Zealand author, Female author
Annotation

Complex novel set in a future, overpopulated, violent Australia. Stories are told by a genetically re-engineered dog (no legs and no bark among other changes) who both remembers past lives and describes and comments on the current situation. In the future Australia, prostitution has become the official Relief Corps, half the population barely ever leaves their homes while others risk the constant violence for thrills, and tower blocks are ruled by local kings. Chapter 10 describes one of the dog’s earlier lives in a lesbian eutopia.

Additional Publishers

New Zealand ed. Auckland, New Zealand: Vintage, 1998.

Holding Institutions

ATL, VUW

Author Note

New Zealand female author (b. 1961).

Full Text

1998 Johnson, Stephanie (b. 1961). The Whistler. St. Leonards, NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin. New Zealand ed. Auckland, New Zealand: Vintage, 1998. ATL, VUW

Complex novel set in a future, overpopulated, violent Australia. Stories are told by a genetically re-engineered dog (no legs and no bark among other changes) who both remembers past lives and describes and comments on the current situation. In the future Australia, prostitution has become the official Relief Corps, half the population barely ever leave their homes while others risk the constant violence for thrills, and tower blocks are ruled by local kings. Chapter 10 describes one of the dog’s earlier lives in a lesbian eutopia. New Zealand female author.