'To Name Those Lost' by Rohan Wilson

'To Name Those Lost' by Rohan Wilson

To Name Those Lost

by Rohan Wilson

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 298 pp, 9781743318324

Rohan Wilson’s To Name Those Lost is a ferocious and brilliant sequel to his The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award-winning début, The Roving Party (2011), which charted the murderous exploits of John Batman and his crew of cutthroats sent out on a punitive expedition to bring Tasmania’s northern Aborigines to heel, by way of terror and genocidal slaughter. The novel divided opinion: was it a realistic exploration of the dark past and birthing rites of the modern nation of Australia, or a gratuitous exercise in reproducing the trauma visited upon Tasmania’s indigenous population? Some Tasmanians may have tired of the representation of their bonny isle as a crucible of gothic violence and misery. Regardless, there is no denying the raw power and purity of intent of Wilson’s To Name Those Lost.

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David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson is the author of The Summons (2006), Line of Sight (2010), and Zero at the Bone (2013). His most recent publication is Perth (2013), in the NewSouth city series. He lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, and coordinates the creative-writing program at Curtin University.
Published in November 2014, no. 366

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