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Gathering Identity

May 1985, no. 70

Gather Your Dreams by Magda Bozic

Hedia Educational Resources Cooperative $6.95 pb, 96 pp

Gathering Identity

May 1985, no. 70

In her book Gather Your Dreams Magda Bozic, a post-war European immigrant, demonstrates that all migrants have a ‘tale to tell’ about their experiences in coming to terms with their adopted homeland. Hers is not a horrific story of hardship or overt discrimination but an account of day-to-day incidents recalling early feelings of displacement, the gradual settling in over a period of twenty years, an eventual visit back to her place of birth and finally her return home to Australia.

The perennial problems that the migrant faces – the language barrier, adjusting to the climate, landscape and social customs – and the confusion they cause, are given dramatic force through simple and often humorous anecdotes.

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