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May 2024, no. 464

May 2024, no. 464

This issue includes the winning essay in the Calibre Essay Prize. Scott Stephens considers clerical narcissism and brutality, and Patrick Mullins reviews a new profile of Peter Dutton, that former copper with a ‘suspicious instinct’. In her review of James Bradley’s Deep Water, Felicity Plunkett asks why we turn away from disaster’s proximity, Tony Hughes-d’Aeth explores an ‘inflexion point in Indigenous letters’, ex-ambassador Geoff Raby ponders ‘Chairman of everything’ Xi Jinping, and Alice Whitmore reviews the new-old Gabriel García Márquez. Essays from Heather Neilson and Maggie Nolan look at Gore Vidal’s posthumous life and the expansion of Australia’s storytelling database, AustLit. We review novels by Charmian Clift, Melanie Joosten, Liam Pieper, Siang Lu; poetry by David Brooks and Omar Sakr; film, music, memoir and more.


Full Contents


The Political Thought of Xi Jinping by Steve Tsang and Olivia Cheung

Literary Studies

On Kim Scott: Writers on writers by Tony Birch


Deep Water: The world in the ocean by James Bradley


Like Fire-Hearted Suns by Melanie Joosten


The End of the Morning by Charmian Clift


Appreciation by Liam Pieper


Until August by Gabriel García Márquez, translated by Anne McLean


Ghost Cities by Siang Lu


The Penguin Book of Elegy: Poems of memory, mourning and consolation edited by Andrew Motion and Stephen Regan


Birds and Fish: Life on the Hawkesbury by Robert Adamson, edited by Devin Johnston


Non-Essential Work by Omar Sakr

Short Stories

Selected Stories by Franz Kafka, translated and edited by Mark Harman