Carnivalesque shorts

Sonya Hartnett chooses the best short fiction of 2012

Carnivalesque shorts

The Best Australian Stories 2012

edited by Sonya Hartnett

Black Inc., $29.99 pb, 369 pp, 9781863955805

Sonya Hartnett’s début as editor of The Best Australian Stories is marked by a series of fictions about dysfunctional families, eccentrics, and misfits. The homeless, lonely, disenfranchised, intellectually disabled, sick, afflicted, even the dead, are featured alongside the privileged, rich, and famous in a macabre mardi gras. Readers familiar with Hartnett’s writing will recognise many of her own carnivalesque qualities.

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Published in February 2013 no. 348
Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton

Cassandra Atherton is a poet and scholar.  She is a Harvard Visiting Fellow in English in 2015-2016.

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