Patrick Holland

Lucien Gracq, the hero of Brian Castro’s verse novel Blindness and Rage, wishes to be a writer, though he has written only love letters to women, which achieved tragicomic results, or none at all. When Gracq retires from his job as a town planner in Adelaide, it seems he will have the time and freedom to write the epic he has dreamed of, but he is diagnos ...

Dean Biron reviews 'One' by Patrick Holland

Dean Biron
Monday, 23 May 2016

The work of Brisbane-based author Patrick Holland is reputedly influenced by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose Tabula Rasa cemented his standing ...

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Patrick Holland reviews 'Alfonso' by Felix Calvino

Patrick Holland
Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Félix Calvino’s short novel tells the story of a young man who moves to Australia to escape Franco’s Spain. The strange thing about the book (given that its author has spent so long in Australia) is how unlike contemporary Australian literature it is. David Malouf has championed Calvino, but then there has always been something essentially Mediterranean ...

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Darkest Little Room' by Patrick Holland

Jay Daniel Thompson
Thursday, 29 November 2012
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he Darkest Little Room, Patrick Holland’s latest novel, looks at sexual slavery and obsession in South-East Asia. The protagonist is Joseph, an Australian reporter travelling in Vietnam. Intent on finding a beautiful woman glimpsed briefly, he receives word that she may be working in a brothel known as ‘the darkest little room’. In pursuing ...

Patrick Holland: Riding the Trains in Japan

William Heyward
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The outsider

William Heyward

 

Riding the Trains in Japan: Travels in the Sacred and Supermodern East
by Patrick Holland
Transit Lounge, $29.95 pb, 231 pp, 9781921924125

 

Patrick Holland makes his plans clear in the first sentence of Riding the Tr ...

The final offering in Patrick Holland’s first collection of short stories is also its best.

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