Novel (1981) by Peter Carey
First Performance: Sydney (Opera House), 12 March 2010.
First Performance in UK: Edinburgh (Festival Theatre), 2 September 2010.
First Performance in Scotland: As Above.
Scottish Opera première: N/A.
Peter Carey’s sardonic novel Bliss charts the escapades and misadventures of Harry Joy, an advertising executive who, having survived a near-death experience, gets sucked into a Kafkaesque routine of increasing bizarreness. Is he really in hell? In a place where his wife is constantly unfaithful, his son is a drug dealer and his daughter offers sexual favours to pay for her narcotic needs?
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