First edition cover
|Publisher||Collins, England and Australia|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|LC Classification||PZ4.K336 Co 1979 PR9619.3.K46|
|Followed by||The Cut-Rate Kingdom|
Confederates is a novel by the Australian author Thomas Keneally which uses the American Civil War as its main subject matter.
Confederates "uses the United States Civil War as a setting for a more personal conflict between neighbors. In the midst of the war's climactic battle -- Antietam -- another conflict is underway. Ephie Bumpass' husband Usaph and Ephie's lover Decatur Cate are thrown together to fight in the Shenandoah Volunteers. Cate's emasculating injury in the battle is a symbolic punishment for his sin.
Awards and nominations
- Man Booker Prize: shortlisted 1979
- "The Sites of War in the Fiction of Thomas Keneally" by Peter Pierce, Australian Literary Studies vol.12 no.4 October 1986 (pp.442-452)