Tanya Crothers (ed.): We Talked of Other Things

The remarkable translator of Erich Maria Remarque

Graeme Powell


edited by Tanya Crothers
Longueville Media, $55 hb, 448 pp, 9780987057013


Arthur Wheen, a nineteen-year-old signaller in the Australian Imperial Force, sailed from Egypt to France in June 1916. A month later he wrote to one of his younger sisters in Australia recounting, in highly fanciful language, his first experience of battle. After describing his difficulties with mud and barbed wire, he told her, ‘I got out in the end though and cantered across to the German trenches where I had much better luck with their barbed wire.’ Agnes Wheen would have had no inkling that her brother had just taken part in a disastrous battle in which more than five thousand Australian soldiers were killed or wounded.

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Published in March 2012, no. 339
Graeme Powell

Graeme Powell

Graeme Powell was formerly Manuscripts Librarian at the National Library of Australia.

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