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Author Thomas Keneally
Country Australia
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Collins, England and Australia
Publication date 1979
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 427 pp
ISBN 0002221411
OCLC Number 6090459
Dewey Decimal 823
LC Classification PZ4.K336 Co 1979 PR9619.3.K46
Preceded by Passenger
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.[1]

Awards and nominations[]

  • Man Booker Prize: shortlisted 1979

External links[]

  • "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)