Moral patchwork

Andrea Goldsmith


Singing for All He’s Worth: Essays in Honour of Jacob G. Rosenberg
edited by Alex Skovron, Raimond Gaita, and Alex Miller
Picador, $24.99 pb, 266 pp, 9781742610436


With the likes of Helen Garner, Arnold Zable, and ...

Jo Case reviews 'All That I Am' by Anna Funder

Jo Case
Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The heroine of All That I Am reflects that an author’s published books ‘preserve the fossil imprint on the world of that particular soul at that particular time’. In her début novel – based on real characters and events – acclaimed non-fiction author Anna Funder (Stasiland, 2003) has preserved the imprint of a particular group of souls at a vitally important histori ...

Don Anderson reviews 'The Street Sweeper' by Elliot Perlman

Don Anderson
Tuesday, 27 September 2011

In 2003, the year in which Elliot Perlman’s previous novel Seven Types of Ambiguity was published, the eminent gadfly David Marr suggested that Australian novelists failed to address major contemporary social concerns. As if anticipating Marr’s criticisms, Perlman wove a plot that involved stock market speculation (and peculation), upmarket Melbourne brothels, privatised prisons, p ...

Patrick Allington reviews 'Spirit of Progress' by Steven Carroll

Patrick Allington
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

At the beginning of Steven Carroll’s new novel, Spirit of Progress, Michael stands on a platform of the Gare Montparnasse in Paris. Readers of Carroll’s ‘Glenroy’ trilogy will remember that Michael is Vic and Rita’s son – a boy who grew up with an unblinking grasp of his parents’ fractured marriage and who learned early to fend for himself. Now a man, Michael observes the ...

Carolyn Burke: No Regrets

Colin Nettelbeck
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sparrow on the Eiffel Tower

Colin Nettelbeck


No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf
by Carolyn Burke
Bloomsbury, $32.99 pb, 282 pp, 9781408819982


In the autumn of 1962, as a student in Paris, I went to watch Edith Piaf perform atop the Eiffel Tower. My ...

Tim Bonyhady: Good Living Street

Evelyn Juers
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Leaving Vienna, city of windows

Evelyn Juers


by Tim Bonyhady
Allen & Unwin, $35 pb, 464 pp, 9781742371467


Would it be indulgent to invoke Leonard Cohen? It’s just that his song ‘Take Th ...

Edmund de Waal: The Hare with Amber Eyes

Angus Trumble
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The global taste for Japanese art

Angus Trumble


The Hare With Amber Eyes: A hidden inheritance
by Edmund de Waal
Vintage, $24.95 pb, 364 pp, 9780099539551


The Hare With Amber Eyes tells the migration story of ‘a very large collection of ...

Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath: Witnesses to War

Jill Jolliffe
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Uncensored portraits

Jill Jolliffe


Witnesses to War: the History of Australian Conflict Reporting
by Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath
Melbourne University Press, $36.99 pb, 501 pp, 9780522856446


Witnesses to War, an ambitious book, is par ...

Jean-Paul Sartre: Typhus; and Jean-Paul Sartre: Critical Essays

Colin Nettelbeck
Thursday, 21 April 2011

Sartre – The Voltaire of Saint-Germain

Colin Nettelbeck


by Jean-Paul Sartre (translated by Chris Turner)
Seagull Books, $28.95 hb, 212 pp, 9781906497422


by Jean-Paul Sartre (tra ...

Patrick Wilcken: Claude Lévi-Strauss

Grant Evans
Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The poetic logic of myths

Grant Evans


Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory
by Patrick Wilcken
Bloomsbury, $59.99 hb, 383 pp, 9780747583622


In retrospect, it seems hard to explain the widespread influence of the anthropologist ClaudeLév ...

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