10.07.2014 - Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas (Melbourne, 1965) is an Australian of Greek heritage. Tsiolkas is seen as one of Australia’s most important contemporary authors. He has written novels and stories, The Slap meant his international breakthrough.

In Tsiolkas’ book Barracuda Daniel Kelly, hailing from a working-class neighbourhood in Melbourne, Australia, dreams of winning Olympic gold in swimming. After being scouted by the swimming coach of a prestigious private school he is offered a scholarship. But his complacent and wealthy classmates don’t like him. The contrast between Daniel’s colourful, warm family life and the tough competition at school is harrowing. When Daniel, nicknamed Barracuda, loses everything, he learns what it means to be a good person – and what it takes to become one. Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas isn’t just about performance anxiety and self-confidence, it is also a moral sketch of the sports obsessed Australia. A book about friendship and family ties, dreams and disillusionment.
The novel Barracuda has been translated into Dutch by Tjadine Stheeman and Onno Voorhoeve and will be published in June 2014 by publisher Ambo | Anthos.