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Trucksong

Innovative, moving and exquisitely written, Trucksong is a coming-of-age story about how the only meaning to be found in a world in slow decay is that which you make for yourself.

In a post-apocalyptic Australian landscape dominated by free-wheeling cyborgs, a young man goes in searches for his lost lover who has been kidnapped by a rogue AI truck, the Brumby King.

Along the way, he teams with Sinnerman, an independent cyborg truck with its own reasons for hating the Brumby King.

Before his final confrontation with the brumbies, he must learn more about the broken-down world and his own place in it – and then face his worst fears.

A wildly inventive dystopian debut novel by Melbourne author Andrew Macrae about lost love, cyborg trucks and the search for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.

Trucksong is Macrae’s debut novel, emerging from a PhD thesis in creative writing at Victoria University in Melbourne using an experimental approach to language. The text used a form of specialised grapholect, like that found in A Clockwork Orange, Trainspotting or Riddley Walker, to represent the linguistic decay in the world of the novel. This version is available for download from the ‘Extras’ section of the Trucksong website.

Macrae also wrote and recorded a soundtrack to accompany the novel. He explains: “I’m a musician myself, and music plays an important part in the novel, with the trucks doing battle with massive soundsystems. I wanted to explore the aural landscape of the book, so I set out to capture some of the emotional terrain of the book through sound.”

The soundtrack features sparse guitar and piano tracks, traversing a range of textures which map to particular segments of the story. It is available for streaming from the Trucksong website and downloadable in digital version here.

Cover by Kenkichi Tai

About the Author

Andrew Macrae lives behind a secret door on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, Melbourne. He is a typewriter fetishist, a collector of plastic robots and a finder of lost dogs. He works full-time in his own freelance writing and editing business called Magic Typewriter. He plays in an instrumental rock band called The Television Sky, wherein he dowses for harmonic distortion and melodic flux with swamp ash and rosewood.

His short fiction has appeared in AurealisOrb, Agog! Ripping Reads and Fantastical Journeys to Brisbane. He attended the inaugural Clarion South writers workshop in 2004. Trucksong is his first novel, and sprang from a childhood spent listening to the mournful sounds of semi-trailers as they crawled up and down the Great Dividing Range.
Find out what he’s up to on twitter: www.twitter.com/acidic
See his latest obsessions: acidic.tumblr.com and his Trucksong board at Pinterest

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