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John Donnelly

John Donnelly reviews 'Stories of Indian Pacific' by Dewi Anggraeni

June 1993, no. 151 01 June 1993
Works of Indonesian fiction, whether set in Indonesia or written by Indonesians, are still comparatively rare in Australia, and can therefore be difficult to read sensitively. In her collection of three novellas set in New Caledonia, Adelaide/Bandung and Bali, Melbourne writer Dewi Anggraeni attempts to explore the ground between cultures and the way people straddle cultures and come to an accommo ... (read more)

John Donnelly reviews 'Benang: From the heart' by Kim Scott

June 1999, no. 211 01 June 1999
Kim Scott is described on the inside cover of Benang, his second novel, as ‘a descendant of  people who have always lived along the south-east coast of Western Australia and is glad to be living in times when it is possible to explore the significance of that fact and be one among those who call themselves Nyoongar’. This careful wording suggests a path of self-discovery illuminating the ... (read more)