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On the Line: Notes from a factory by Joseph Ponthus, translated by Stephanie Smee

Few books immediately suspend time; few need no warm-up and almost demand to be read, reread, underlined. Stephanie Smee’s rendition of Joseph Ponthus’s multi-award-winning first solo book, On the Line: Notes from a factory, is one such read. It is the autobiographical story of an intellectual with a career in social work in the suburbs of Paris, who, having moved to Brittany for love, can’t find a job in his field and is forced to sell his labour as a casual worker in the local food-processing industry. Here we couldn’t be further from postcard Brittany, whose wild nature, hazy skies, mysterious language, and inhabitants inspired a Romantic generation of poets in search of an exotic fix without the hassle of leaving the Hexagon.

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December 2013–January 2014, no. 357

Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'For the True Believers'

‘Well may we say “God Save the Queen”, because nothing will save the Governor-General.’ Gough Whitlam’s famous words during his impromptu speech after the Dismissal…

From the Archive

From the Archive

May 1984, no. 60

Jimmy Brockett by Dal Stivens

First published in 1951 and again in 1959, Dal Stivens’s novel, Jimmy Brockett, is now republished as one of Penguin’s ‘Australian Selection’. Reading it, you find yourself being drawn into admiration of a man who is undeniably obnoxious.

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