James Bradley reviews 'The White Earth' by Andrew McGahan

James Bradley reviews 'The White Earth' by Andrew McGahan

The White Earth

by Andrew McGahan

Allen & Unwin, $29.95 pb, 392pp, 1741141478

‘White’ and ‘earth’ are not words that sit easily together in an Australian context, so much so that placing them thus seems almost deliberately unsettling. Juxtaposed, they only serve to remind us of things that are mostly too hard for us to look at directly, a claim to a possession all know to be ill-founded.

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James Bradley

James Bradley

James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels, Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist, and Clade; a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus; and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012 he won the Pascall Award for Australia’s Critic of the Year. He blogs at cityoftongues.com.

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Published in May 2004 no. 260

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