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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- Indelible Ink is a novel in progress, just over one third of which is being submitted for my Masters thesis. In my essay Mutant Fiction, I outline the story, themes and characters of the book, as well as reflect on the process of writing. I refer both to Indelible Ink and some of my previous writing. The novel is in three parts - Ink, Blood and Water, it moves forward in loops’. The first section of each part establishes a state of play. What I have submitted here is Ink as well as the beginning of Blood. In this way my thesis is a self- contained piece of writing, the first part of Blood being a looping back into and summing up of Ink. Indelible Ink deals with the body, sickness and death, family and love. It looks at story-telling through imagery, primarily via Marie, the main character’s tattoos, as well as the media and advertising. Through Marie’s eldest son Clark, it looks at archival material of Sydney’s history, particularly criminal history. My thesis is a portrait of contemporary Sydney, specifically the materialistic, sterile sort of culture that has become so strongly championed in Howard s Australia. Marie’s sudden move into being extensively tattooed at the age of 59, a year after being left by her husband of almost 40 years, is part journey of selfdiscovery, part desecration of the smug, safe society in which she feels trapped. The city is portrayed as a natural environment. It is in drought. Marie’s garden is a central motif of the book, its waxing and waning, its rewards and demands a constant reflection of the human lives that move through it. It represents both transience and eternity.
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