Francesca Sasnaitis

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'The World Was Whole' by Fiona Wright

Francesca Sasnaitis
24 September 2018

For a homeless person, home is the street and the moveable blanket or bedroll. Ultimately, the only home remaining is the body. Fiona Wright is not homeless, she has been un-homed by her b More

The Insult ★★★

Francesca Sasnaitis
27 August 2018

‘No one has a monopoly on suffering,’ says Wajdi Wehbe (Camille Salamé), the barrister representing Lebanese Christian mechanic Toni Hanna (Adel Karam) in his law suit against Palesti More

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'Meanjin A–Z: Fine fiction 1980 to now' edited by Jonathan Green

Francesca Sasnaitis
26 July 2018

The narrator of David Malouf’s virtuosic ‘A Traveller’s Tale’ (1982) describes Queensland’s far north as ‘a place of transformations’ and unwittingly provides us with an epig More

In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country (Fremantle Arts Centre)

Francesca Sasnaitis
05 December 2017

The map of In Cahoots is a tracery of journeys made by road and air, like songlines traversing the continent, speaking to points of departure, conjunction, and communion, and to t More

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'Beautiful Balts: From displaced persons to new Australians' by Jayne Persian

Francesca Sasnaitis
30 November 2017

I grew up in a New Australian household, and admit at the outset to a biased view. My Lithuanian-born parents were actual Baltic immigrants among the other nationalities referred to by the More

On Chesil Beach ★★★1/2

Francesca Sasnaitis
31 October 2017

On Chesil Beach is not Ian McEwan’s first screenplay, nor his only adaptation for the screen. The Children Act (2017), directed by Richard Eyre and based on McEwan’s More

Song to Song ★★★

Francesca Sasnaitis
02 October 2017

Song to Song is writer and director Terrence Malick’s cinematic version of the modernist literary experiment: multiple internalised viewpoints, stream-of-consciousness narrative More

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'On the Blue Train' by Kristel Thornell

Francesca Sasnaitis
28 October 2016

On the Blue Train is Kristel Thornell’s reimagining of Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance in 1926. Thornell might have let her imagination fly, given that both Dorothy More

Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'Inside the Art Market: Australia’s galleries: A history 1956–1976' by Christopher Heathcote

Francesca Sasnaitis
28 October 2016

Like any good storyteller, Christopher Heathcote begins by setting the scene: ‘one of those scruffy unpaved streets on the outer fringe’ of Melbourne on a wintry day in 1956 ...

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Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'Commonwealth' by Ann Patchett

Francesca Sasnaitis
23 September 2016

Life, one of Commonwealth's minor characters remarks, is a series of losses. Teresa Cousins acknowledges that life is also other, better things, but that it is the losses that define us ...

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