July 2022, no. 444

July 2022, no. 444

St Peter’s first words to the resurrected Christ, ‘Quo vadis?’ or ‘Whither goest thou?’, capture the spirit of these reorienting times. In our July feature, senior contributors and commentators nominate key policy reforms for the Albanese government. Abroad, Ben Saul dissects the Western response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while John Zubrzycki assesses the prospects of an Indian democratic recovery. In the new mood of rapprochement, Julia Horne and Penny Russell reconsider the relationship between academics and government. New books on the historical divisions of gender and class are examined by Shannon Burns and Yassmin Abdel-Magied. Translation comes in for scrutiny with Frances Wilson’s review of Lydia Davis’s second collection of essays and Humphrey Bower’s review of Alison Croggon’s Rilke. There are reviews of new fiction by Geraldine Brooks, Michelle Cahill, and Yuri Felsen – and much, much more!

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Open Page

An interview with Susan Varga

by Australian Book Review
Poetry

Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Alison Croggon

Poetry

Rose Interior by Tracy Ryan

Poetry

Time Is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

Essay Collection

Open Secrets: Essays on the writing life edited by Catriona Menzies-Pike

History

The Shortest History of India by John Zubrzycki

Fiction

Deceit by Yuri Felsen, translated by Bryan Karetnyk

Fiction

Horse by Geraldine Brooks

Fiction

The Diplomat by Chris Womersley

Fiction

Daisy & Woolf by Michelle Cahill

Memoir

Hard Joy: Life and writing by Susan Varga

Essay Collection

Root & Branch: Essays on inheritance by Eda Gunaydin

History

A Brief History of Equality by Thomas Piketty, translated by Steven Rendall

History

Lessons from History: Leading historians tackle Australia’s greatest challenges edited by Carolyn Holbrook, Lyndon Megarrity, and David Lowe

Gender and Sexuality

A History of Masculinity: From patriarchy to gender justice by Ivan Jablonka, translated by Nathan Bracher

French Studies

Interventions 2020 by Michel Houellebecq, translated by Andrew Brown

Letters to the Editor

by Patrick Hockey, Sam Abu Hadid, John Carmody, and Roger Rees
Advances

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