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Graham Burns

Graham Burns was a Senior Lecturer in English at Latrobe University.

Graham Burns reviews 'The Night We Ate the Sparrow: A memoir and fourteen stories' by Morris Lurie

April 1986, no. 79 01 April 1986
Welcome again to Morris Lurie’s global village: Melbourne, Paris, New York, London, Tangier, Tel Aviv, Melbourne again, London. Lurie is one of our most reliable entertainers, but he is also, in the recesses of his stories, a chronicler of inner loneliness. The round world for him is signposted with stories; as one of his characters says, ‘everything is a story, or a prelude to a story, or the ... (read more)

Graham Burns reviews 'Birds of Passage' by Brian Castro and 'Getting Away With It' by Kevin Brophy

May 1984, no. 60 01 May 1984
Brian Castro’s novel Birds of Passage is a dramatic exploration of the intriguing idea, found in Butler, Jung, and others, that an individual’s life may in some way be in touch with ancestral experience. It imagines the possibility of a previous life, its outlook on reality and rhythms of existence, flowing troublingly into the consciousness of the present. The book shared the valuable Austral ... (read more)

Graham Burns reviews 'True Love and How to Get It' by Gerard Lee and 'Bliss' by Peter Carey

June 1982, no. 41 01 June 1982
Peter Carey’s first novel, Bliss, will be self-recommending to all admirers of his astonishing short stories. The Fat Man in History and the even better War Crimes mark Carey as the most genuinely original of our storytellers – a fabulist and, in some corners of his imagination, a surrealist of disturbing power. Part of his achievement and, arguably, a sign of his freshness of vision is that h ... (read more)