Inga Clendinnen

Inga Clendinnen

Inga Clendinnen (1934–2016) was the author of Aztecs: An interpretation, Reading the Holocaust, and the memoir Tiger’s Eye. She delivered the 1999 Boyer Lectures, published by ABC Books under the title True Stories. 

Inga Clendinnen reviews 'The Death of William Gooch: A history’s anthropology' by Greg Dening

October 1995, no. 175 01 October 1995
Inga Clendinnen reviews 'The Death of William Gooch: A history’s anthropology' by Greg Dening
I early disqualified myself from reviewing Greg Dening’s The Death of William Gooch: A history’s anthropology. For one thing, we are old friends. That means that if I told you that I think it a marvellous book (and I do), you might not believe me. There was another reason: being a friend, I had read much of the text in the writing, and knew the book in its earlier form as a Melbourne History D ... (read more)

Inga Clendinnen reviews 'The Culture of Forgetting: Helen Demidenko and the Holocaust' by Robert Manne

July 1996, no. 182 01 July 1996
Inga Clendinnen reviews 'The Culture of Forgetting: Helen Demidenko and the Holocaust' by Robert Manne
Several books could and doubtless will be written to explore the sociological and psychological puzzles attending Helen Darville’ s remarkable masquerade. Robert Manne has no interest in the motivations of Helen Darville. His concerns are cultural and political, and therefore focus on the fictional character, Helen Demidenko: on her writings and statements, and on the responses of Australian int ... (read more)

'National Library Voices Essay: Reading Mr Robinson' by Inga Clendinnen

May 1995, no. 170 01 May 1995
'National Library Voices Essay: Reading Mr Robinson' by Inga Clendinnen
I grew up in a once-upon-a-time land when milk and loaves appeared at the door to the jingle of bells and the clopping of hooves, when housewives were wistful Cinderellas in sacking aprons and hair permanently rollered for the ball, when men wore hats, and lifted them to the funerals of strangers passing in the street. That time – the forties, the early fifties – has been mythologised into a C ... (read more)

'A tribute to Helen Daniel' by Inga Clendinnen

November 2000, no. 226 06 December 2019
'A tribute to Helen Daniel' by Inga Clendinnen
An occasion like this teaches us that we each have our own Helen Daniel. I met my Helen nearly ten years ago, appropriately through writing. I had written a book on the Aztecs of Mexico. It was primarily an academic book, but because it was published by a university press with a branch here, and because Aztecs are Aztecs, it was widely reviewed in this country. The material was esoteric and its in ... (read more)