April 2016, no. 380

Welcome to our April issue – with a gory Stalin on the cover. Mark Edele reviews the new book on Stalin by distinguished Soviet historian (and ABR regular) Sheila Fitzpatrick. Elsewhere, Kevin Rabalais writes about Brazil, Miriam Cosic revisits The Female Eunuch, and George Megalogenis is our guest on Open Page. Arts Update features prominently, with reviews of The Daughter, The Lady in the Van, and Picnic at Hanging Rock and Michael Shmith interviews Leo Schofield for Stage Door.

April 2016, no. 380

Susan Sheridan reviews 'Call of the Outback' by Marianne van Velzen

Susan Sheridan

The long subtitle of this biography says it all. Hill was an immensely popular and influential travel writer in the 1930s and 1940s. Her books The Great Australian Loneliness (1937) and The Territory (1951) gathered together and built on the many sto ...

Michael McGirr reviews 'Waiting' by Philip Salom

Michael McGirr

I first encountered the work of Philip Salom in the pages of The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry (1991). Anthologies, of course, have their limitations, but they can be a great place to meet people. Salom's first poem in that book, 'Walking at Night' ...

Mark Edele reviews 'On Stalin's Team' by Sheila Fitzpatrick

Mark Edele

I first encountered Sheila Fitzpatrick's work in the mid-1990s. The 1986–87 controversy in The Russian Review about how to write a social history of Stalinism was taught as a milestone in the historiography of my field. Instinctively, I took sides against m ...

Stage Door | Michael Shmith interviews Leo Schofield

Michael Shmith

In the early 1990s, after Leo Schofield was – not without controversy – appointed the artistic director of the Melbourne Festival, Clive James referred to our own emerging cultural tsar as 'Australia's Diaghilev'. Which, I guess, retrospectively makes Sergei Pavlo ...

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