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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Sparrow on the Eiffel Tower
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 ...
Leaving Vienna, city of windows
GOOD LIVING STREET: THE FORTUNES OF MY VIENNESE FAMILY
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 ...
The global taste for Japanese art
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 ...
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 ...
Sartre – The Voltaire of Saint-Germain
by Jean-Paul Sartre (translated by Chris Turner)
Seagull Books, $28.95 hb, 212 pp, 9781906497422
by Jean-Paul Sartre (tra ...
The poetic logic of myths
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 ...