Collected Stories by Louis Nowra

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419
Gerard Windsor reviews 'Collected Stories' by Louis Nowra

Collected Stories

by Louis Nowra

Arcadia, $40 pb, 331 pp

Collected Stories by Louis Nowra

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419

Collected Stories is a misleading title for Louis Nowra’s new publication. It’s nothing as uniform as that. Apart from poetry, is there any genre in which Nowra has not made his mark? He’s a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, memoirist, local historian, essayist, reviewer, feature journalist – and the author of one enduring Australian gem in Così (1992), in all its multiple forms. Yet he has scouted out other territories and the results jostle together in Collected Stories. Such a title conjures up a lifetime’s labour in the genre – gatherings of Anton Chekhov or John Cheever or Alice Munro. But Nowra’s volume is essentially a ragbag of disparate writings.

Gerard Windsor reviews 'Collected Stories' by Louis Nowra

Collected Stories

by Louis Nowra

Arcadia, $40 pb, 331 pp

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