Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith is a Melbourne-based novelist and reviewer. Her novels include The Prosperous Thief (2002), which was short-listed for the Miles Franklin, the acclaimed Reunion, and The Memory Trap (2013), a novel of monuments, marriage, and music, awarded the Melbourne Prize in 2015. She also writes essays and articles, many of which are posted on her website.

Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Shylock Is My Name' by Howard Jacobson

September 2016, no. 384 23 August 2016
Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Shylock Is My Name' by Howard Jacobson
Shylock Is My Name is the second novel to appear in Hogarth Press's Shakespeare Project. In this series, eight well-known novelists have each been commissioned to retell one of Shakespeare's plays for a modern audience. Jeanette Winterson launched the project with The Gap of  Time, her take on The Winter's Tale; the third in the series, the thoroughly enjoyable Vinegar Girl, a reworking of The T ... (read more)

Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'In Praise of Forgetting: Historical memory and its ironies' by David Rieff

June–July 2016, no. 382 23 May 2016
Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'In Praise of Forgetting: Historical memory and its ironies' by David Rieff
Over the past three decades, and particularly since the prime ministership of John Howard, there has been an extraordinary growth in the number of young Australians making the pilgrimage to Gallipoli. Most of these people have no ancestors among the 'fallen', but rather are following what has become a rite of passage for patriotic young Australians. Lest we forget, they intone. But what exactly is ... (read more)

Carol

ABR Arts 08 January 2016
Carol
It is a Hollywood staple: C meets T; they fall in love; obstacles stand in their way (a husband, a boyfriend, but most particularly the attitudes of the 1950s); obstacles are mostly overcome, and C and T march happily into the future together. In Todd Haynes's film, Cate Blanchett plays Carol, a soon-to-be-divorced, sophisticated mother of a four-year-old who falls for the younger, unworldly, beso ... (read more)

Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Curiosity' by Alberto Manguel

September 2015, no. 374 26 August 2015
Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Curiosity' by Alberto Manguel
There are two broad approaches to reading Alberto Manguel’s Curiosity. The first type of reader will study the book – or rather, the text – assiduously connecting the personal narratives that introduce each chapter with the books Manguel references in the more theoretical and discursive aspects that follow. Dante’s Commedia is a constant presence in Curiosity, so they will have their Dante ... (read more)

Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Susan Sontag: A biography' by Daniel Schreiber, translated by David Dollenmayer and 'Susan Sontag' by Jerome Boyd Maunsell

March 2015, no. 369 26 February 2015
Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Susan Sontag: A biography' by Daniel Schreiber, translated by David Dollenmayer and 'Susan Sontag' by Jerome Boyd Maunsell
At the age of eight I wanted to be a novelist. By the age of eighteen, having fallen in love with an intellectual, I aspired to be a novelist with sturdy intellectual credentials. There was much work to be done. My beloved set me a course of essential reading, including Susan Sontag’s first two essay collections and her two early novels. ... (read more)

Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Singing for All He’s Worth: Essays in Honour of Jacob G. Rosenberg' edited by Alex Skovron, Raimond Gaita, and Alex Miller

November 2011, no. 336 25 October 2011
Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'Singing for All He’s Worth: Essays in Honour of Jacob G. Rosenberg' edited by Alex Skovron, Raimond Gaita, and Alex Miller
With the likes of Helen Garner, Arnold Zable, and Chris Wallace-Crabbe, the contents page of this essay collection reads like a who’s who of Australian literature. The editor–contributors are the poet Alex Skovron, philosopher Raimond Gaita, and novelist Alex Miller. The publisher is Picador. The man honoured in these essays is Jacob Rosenberg. ... (read more)
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