Andrew McLeod

Andrew McLeod

Andrew McLeod is a Melbourne-based writer and literary critic. He holds a PhD from Monash University, focusing on the work of Machado de Assis.

Andrew McLeod reviews 'Travelling Companions' by Antoni Jach

November 2021, no. 437 28 September 2021
Andrew McLeod reviews 'Travelling Companions' by Antoni Jach
Great art provokes by taking great risks. It goads, teases. When we recognise we’re in the hands of a master, the banal becomes profound, the sacred profane, and the grandest of truths reveal themselves in the most innocent of questions. Take Pauly Shore’s scathing 1994 cinematic rebuke of the complicity of heteronormativity in the military industrial complex, In the Army Now. In it, two gay s ... (read more)

Andrew McLeod reviews 'The Beach Caves' by Trevor Shearston

March 2021, no. 429 22 February 2021
Andrew McLeod reviews 'The Beach Caves' by Trevor Shearston
At the heart of Trevor Shearston’s latest novel, The Beach Caves, is the act of digging. The protagonist, Annette Cooley, is a young archaeology student, thrilled by the allure of her Honours supervisor’s most recent find: the stone remains of an Aboriginal village on the New South Wales south coast that could rewrite the pre-European history of Australia. Intriguing additional sites are soon ... (read more)

Andrew McLeod reviews 'The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas' by Machado de Assis, translated by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux

October 2020, no. 425 24 September 2020
Andrew McLeod reviews 'The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas' by Machado de Assis, translated by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux
From the moment one reads that this book is dedicated ‘To the worm that first gnawed at the cold flesh of my cadaver’, it is clear that The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas, first published in Rio de Janeiro in 1881, is a novel like few others. The novel is a landmark in Latin American literature, prefiguring the works of canonised writers such as Borges, Lispector, Rulfo, and García Marque ... (read more)