Phil Brown reviews 'Belomor' by Nicolas Rothwell

Phil Brown reviews 'Belomor' by Nicolas Rothwell

Belomor

by Nicolas Rothwell

Text Publishing, $29.99 pb, 246 pp, 9781922079749

I am surprised this book doesn’t come in plain packaging. Its title was inspired, after all, by a cigarette – Belomorkanal, also known as Belomor, a Russian brand the author describes as ‘strong, mood-altering cigarettes’. This cigarette motif suggests the lost world of Europe, when the Iron Curtain still hung.

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Phil Brown

Phil Brown

Phil Brown is a Brisbane journalist and author. He is the author of two books of poetry – Plastic Parables and An Accident in the Evening – and two books of humorous memoir – Travel with My Angst and Any Guru Will Do, both of which were published by UQP. He is senior writer for the News Limited lifestyle magazine Brisbane News.

Published in March 2013 no. 349

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