October 2021, no. 436

October 2021, no. 436

The October issue of ABR brings together some of the country’s finest critics on the latest political and cultural developments. In our cover article, David Jack offers a trenchant critique of the privileging of ‘bare life’ in state responses to the pandemic. Morag Fraser reads Tim Bonyhady’s latest book on the politics of visual culture in Afghanistan, while James Curran assesses the recent history of Australian–American diplomatic relations. It is a blockbuster fiction issue with reviews of the latest offerings by Sally Rooney and Jonathan Franzen by Beejay Silcox and Declan Fry, respectively. Booker Prize shortlisted novels by Damon Galgut and Richard Powers are also examined. David McCooey follows poet Sarah Holland-Batt as she ‘fishes for lightning’ in her criticism, and there are new poems by Ann Vickery and Alex Skovron. The issue also looks at work by Maggie Nelson, Jeanette Winterson, Nicolas Rothwell – and much, much more!

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Full Contents

Memoir

Home in the World: A memoir by Amartya Sen

Biography

Barbara Hepworth: Art and life by Eleanor Clayton

Biography

Tongerlongeter: First Nations leader and Tasmanian war hero by Henry Reynolds and Nicholas Clements

Essay Collection

Everybody: A book about freedom by Olivia Laing

Society

My Body Keeps Your Secrets by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Fiction

The Promise by Damon Galgut

Fiction

Red Heaven: A fiction by Nicolas Rothwell

Fiction

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

Fiction

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

Fiction

Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down

Fiction

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Fiction

Scary Monsters by Michelle de Kretser

Fiction

Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Poetry

Letters from the Periphery by Alex Skovron

Poetry

Fish Work by Caitlin Maling & Earth Dwellers by Kristen Lang

Literary Studies

Fishing for Lightning: The spark of poetry by Sarah Holland-Batt

Literary Studies

The Seasons: Philosophical, literary, and environmental perspectives edited by Luke Fischer and David Macauley

Literary Studies

Eve Langley and The Pea Pickers by Helen Vines

Literary Studies

How to Read a Poem: Seven steps by Thomas H. Ford

Law

Broken: Children, parents and family courts by Camilla Nelson and Catharine Lumby

Interview

An interview with Claire G. Coleman

by Australian Book Review
Interview

Poet of the Month with Alex Skovron

by Australian Book Review
Science and Technology

The Art of More: How mathematics created civilisation by Michael Brooks

Advances

News from ABR

Letters to the Editor

by Michael John, Dale Kent