The new novel by double Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Peter Carey will be out from publisher Faber on 6th November.
Amnesia has been unveiled with a teaser site that shows lines of computer code processing and revealing the synopsis, which sees a worm entering the computer systems of hundreds of Australian prisons and unlocking the doors. The worm spreads to impact on US prisons as well, announcing: "THE CORPORATION IS UNDER OUR CONTROL. THE ANGEL DECLARES YOU FREE."
The synopsis continues: "Has a young Australian woman declared cyber war on the United States? Or was her Angel Worm intended only to open the prison doors of those unfortunates detained by Australia's harsh immigration policies? Did America suffer collateral damage? Is she innocent? Can she be saved?"
Cargill said: "From one of our greatest writers, Amnesia is a thrilling and witty journey to the place where the cyber underworld of radicals and hackers collides with international power politics. It could not be more timely ."
UK rights were signed between Faber publisher and c.e.o. Stephen Page and senior editor Angus Cargill, and Deborah Rogers at RCW. Hamish Hamilton at Penguin Australia will publish the book in October, with Knopf US and Random House Canada following in February 2015.
Carey won the Booker prize for Oscar and Lucinda in 1988, and True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001 (both Faber).