by Les Murray
ISBN 1 875989 30 7
Published June 1998
Fredy Neptune is a verse novel and is the major work that Murray wrote over five years.
A vernacular epic, it involves the journeys of a man born on the north coast of New South Wales, a gentle, curious man of enormous physical strength who loses his ability to feel.
His travels take him around the world, through Hitler's Germany, and cause him to witness some of the horrors of the Twentieth Century.
The persistance of Fredy's decency is, among other things, a celebration of much that Les Murray associates with Australia.
'Immensely rich ... a heroic poem for an unheroic age ... a kind of masterpiece' Eureka Street
'A tour de force ... breathtaking narrative ... awesomely accomplished' The Independent (UK)
An 'immense achievement' The Telegraph (UK)