Welcome to the October Environment issue of ABR! Highlights include:
• Review of the Month: Felicity Plunkett on Behrouz Boochani’s powerful memoir No Friend But the Mountains
• Susan Reid looks at Adani and the coal industry’s influence on Australian politics
• Tim Flannery on Bruno Latour’s new book on climate change
• Cassandra Atherton on Haruki Murakami’s new novel
• Fiona Gruber on Chloe Hooper’s book on Black Saturday
• Lauren Rickards comments on coal, fossils, and aluminium
• Nicole Abadee on Markus Zusak’s new novel Bridge of Clay
• Gail Bell on Leigh Sales’s new book on unexpected trauma
October 2018, no. 405
Behrouz Boochani describes being smashed into the sea by the boulder-like weight of an overpacked, splintering boat transporting asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia. The wreck’s ‘slashed carcass’ gashes the flailing survivors and the bodies of those who have died, and Boochani settles under a wave ...
Who can forget the image of Scott Morrison, as federal treasurer, juggling a lump of lacquered coal in parliament on 9 February 2017? Appearing pretty chuffed with his own antics, Morrison urged people not to be afraid. Eighteen months later, the jester is now prime minister ...
Bruno Latour is one of the world’s leading sociologists and anthropologists. Based in France, he brings a refreshingly non-Anglophone approach to the big political problems of our times. At the heart of his latest book are the hypotheses that ‘we can understand nothing about the politics of the ...
There is a running joke in Japan that autumn doesn’t start each year until Haruki Murakami has lost the Nobel Prize for Literature. Most recently, in 2017, he lost to Kazuo Ishiguro, who was born in Japan but is now a British citizen. To date, two Japanese writers have been awarded the prize ...