Alex Skovron, Raimond Gaita, and Alex Miller (eds): Singing for All He's Worth

Andrea Goldsmith
25 October 2011

Moral patchwork

Andrea Goldsmith


Singing for All He’s Worth: Essays in Honour of Jacob G. Rosenberg
edited by Alex Skovron, Raimond Gaita, and Alex Miller
Picador, $24.99 pb, 266 pp, 9781742610436


With the likes of Helen Garner, Arnold Zable, and ... More

Anna Funder: All That I Am

Jo Case
27 September 2011

Bearing witness

Jo Case


All That I Am
by Anna Funder
Hamish Hamilton, $29.95 pb, 384 pp, 9781926428338


The heroine of All That I Am reflects that an author’s published books ‘preserve the fossil imprint on the world of that particular ... More

Elliot Perlman: The Street Sweeper

Don Anderson
27 September 2011

Elliot Perlman bears witness to history

Don Anderson


The Street Sweeper
by Elliot Perlman
Vintage, $32.95 pb, 554 pp, 9781741666175


In 2003, the year in which Elliot Perlman’s previous novel Seven Types of Ambiguity was published, the em ... More

Steven Carroll: Spirit of Progress

Patrick Allington
23 August 2011

Steven Carroll’s new novel

Patrick Allington


Spirit of Progress
by Steven Carroll
Fourth Estate, $29.99 pb, 347 pp, 9780732291181


At the beginning of Steven Carroll’s new novel, Spirit of Progress, Michael stands on a platform of the G ... More

Carolyn Burke: No Regrets

Colin Nettelbeck
23 August 2011

Sparrow on the Eiffel Tower

Colin Nettelbeck


No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf
by Carolyn Burke
Bloomsbury, $32.99 pb, 282 pp, 9781408819982


In the autumn of 1962, as a student in Paris, I went to watch Edith Piaf perform atop the Eiffel Tower. My ... More

Tim Bonyhady: Good Living Street

Evelyn Juers
24 May 2011

Leaving Vienna, city of windows

Evelyn Juers


by Tim Bonyhady
Allen & Unwin, $35 pb, 464 pp, 9781742371467


Would it be indulgent to invoke Leonard Cohen? It’s just that his song ‘Take Th ... More

Edmund de Waal: The Hare with Amber Eyes

Angus Trumble
24 May 2011

The global taste for Japanese art

Angus Trumble


The Hare With Amber Eyes: A hidden inheritance
by Edmund de Waal
Vintage, $24.95 pb, 364 pp, 9780099539551


The Hare With Amber Eyes tells the migration story of ‘a very large collection of ... More

Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath: Witnesses to War

Jill Jolliffe
24 May 2011

Uncensored portraits

Jill Jolliffe


Witnesses to War: the History of Australian Conflict Reporting
by Fay Anderson and Richard Trembath
Melbourne University Press, $36.99 pb, 501 pp, 9780522856446


Witnesses to War, an ambitious book, is par ... More

Jean-Paul Sartre: Typhus; and Jean-Paul Sartre: Critical Essays

Colin Nettelbeck
21 April 2011

Sartre – The Voltaire of Saint-Germain

Colin Nettelbeck


by Jean-Paul Sartre (translated by Chris Turner)
Seagull Books, $28.95 hb, 212 pp, 9781906497422


by Jean-Paul Sartre (tra ... More

Patrick Wilcken: Claude Lévi-Strauss

Grant Evans
12 April 2011

The poetic logic of myths

Grant Evans


Claude Lévi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory
by Patrick Wilcken
Bloomsbury, $59.99 hb, 383 pp, 9780747583622


In retrospect, it seems hard to explain the widespread influence of the anthropologist ClaudeLév ... More

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