Tangea Tansley: A Break in the Chain


Miriam Zolin


A Break in the Chain: The Early Kozminskys
by Tangea Tansley
Affirm Press, $27.95 pb, 320 pp, 9780980790467


Any attempt to write a novel that covers three generations, two centuries, and two continents is undeniably ambitious. Include subject matter that ranges from Jewishness and gemstones to the occult, and set the story in a vibrant and sometimes turbulent time in the history of Melbourne and Victoria, from the 1850s gold rushes to the early 1900s, and the possibilities are exciting. Whether A Break in the Chain is also the ‘brilliant imagining’ it purports to be is another question entirely.

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Published in September 2011 no. 334
Miriam Zolin

Miriam Zolin

Miriam Zolin – writer, editor and publisher – is the force behind the National Jazz Writing Competition and independent micro-publisher extempore. She has a day job as well as postgraduate qualifications in Linguistics and Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Close to completing her second novel, Miriam was also steeped in Victorian history and silversmithing lore as a child, thanks to her parents.

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