David Latham reviews 'The Circle and the Equator' by Kyra Giorgi

David Latham reviews 'The Circle and the Equator' by Kyra Giorgi

The Circle and the Equator

by Kyra Giorgi

UWA Publishing, $24.99 pb, 205 pp, 9781742589237

David Latham

David Latham

David Latham is Editor in Chief and occasional contributor for RMIT’s recently launched cultural review site In Review, a...

‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ L.P. Hartley’s now proverbial observation at the start of The Go-Between (1953) functions as a statement of fact and a warning. The writer who wishes to traverse the terrain between a nation’s present and its past must navigate a minefield – linguistic, cultural, and historical. Therefore, when you attempt to navigate not only across time but across nations – say, Angola in 1986, Hiroshima in 1952, France in 1855 – the exercise is fraught with danger. But this is the ambitious task that Kyra Giorgi has set herself in her first book of fiction, The Circle and the Equator, a collection of thirteen short stories.

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Published in August 2017, no. 393

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