Marc Mierowsky

Marc Mierowsky

Marc Mierowsky is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne. His first book, on Daniel Defoe and the campaign to end Scottish independence, is forthcoming with Yale University Press. 

Marc Mierowsky reviews 'Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth' by Wole Soyinka

January–February 2022, no. 439 22 December 2021
Marc Mierowsky reviews 'Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth' by Wole Soyinka
In You Must Set Forth at Dawn (2006), Wole Soyinka’s final volume of memoirs, the writer cites a piece of Yoruba wisdom: ‘T’ágbà bá ńdé, à á yé ogun jà – as one approaches an elder’s status, one ceases to indulge in battles’. This was once the hope of a man who describes himself as a ‘closet glutton for tranquillity’. At one point, Soyinka even dared to think that he would ... (read more)

Marc Mierowsky reviews 'The Promise' by Damon Galgut

October 2021, no. 436 20 September 2021
Marc Mierowsky reviews 'The Promise' by Damon Galgut
Rachel Swart is in the final decline of a terminal cancer when she extracts a promise from her husband, Manie: he agrees to give their maid Salome the deed to the Lombard Place, a small house on the family’s farm. It is an act of recognition. Salome has cared for her, has mopped up ‘blood and shit and pus and piss’, doing the jobs Rachel’s family found ‘too dirty or too intimate’. It i ... (read more)