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Chad Habel

Chad completed his PhD in English Literature at Flinders University in 2006. His research focussed on ancestral narratives and identity in the work of Irish-Australian authors Thomas Keneally and Christopher Koch, which has now been published as a book entitled Ancestral Narratives.

Chad Habel reviews 'Lamplighter: Monster Blood Tattoo, Book Two' by D.M. Cornish

June 2008, no. 302 01 June 2008
Nickers and bogles, fulgars and wits: these newly minted creatures populate the Monster Blood Tattoo series. This world has the depth and complexity that characterises all good fantasy, and fans of D.M. Cornish’s Aurealis Award-winning Foundling (2006) will eagerly continue the journey and be well rewarded for doing so. Beautifully presented, the second novel is as impressive inside as out. Cor ... (read more)

Chad Habel reviews ‘Where I Stand’ by Serge Liberman

November 2008, no. 306 01 November 2008
Serge Liberman’s new book contains a series of short stories and one novella, all narrated by Dr Raphael Bloom, a Melbourne physician who variously plays the roles of healer, confidant, confessor and counsellor to patients and their families. In doing so he explores existential and theological problems which often revolve around the Jewish memory of the Holocaust and the post-memory of second-ge ... (read more)

Chad Habel reviews 'Heaven’s Net is Wide' by Lian Hearn and 'Blue Dragon' by Kylie Chan

December 2007–January 2008, no. 297 01 December 2007
There has been talk recently about the loss of regionalism in Australian literature and culture, and about the decline of Australian literature generally, but these two novels suggest that not only is Australian fiction flourishing but it is finding new ways to engage with the cultures of the region. They represent innovative interactions between Australia and Asia, for a popular audience. Lian H ... (read more)

Chad Habel reviews 'Water From the Moon' by Jean-François Vernay

July–August 2007, no. 293 01 July 2007
Reading literary criticism can be like viewing a portrait: you are essentially subjected to another person’s vision of the subject. One can feel that the perspective is unduly harsh at some points, lavishly lenient at others. It is easy to project one’s own bias onto the work, and to take issue with the representation too quickly. This is particularly true of a critical monograph on a subject ... (read more)