Reviewer: KN

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Books March 25, 2017

Bright Air Black

The story of Medea, icon of female vengeance, has inspired many storytellers. Pasolini and Lars von Trier have offered filmic adaptations. The poet Robin Robertson recently translated Euripides’ play. The novelist Christa Wolf published a feminist …

Books March 04, 2017

An Uncertain Grace

Krissy Kneen is known for her frank and feminist depictions of sex. Her latest novel again explores the erotic, playfully, controversially, but ultimately didactically. The novel is made up of different parts, introducing us to different characters. …

Books February 25, 2017

The Landing

Paul Croucher is the owner of Red Wheelbarrow Books in Melbourne’s Brunswick. The store’s name – recalling William Carlos Williams’ famous poem – suggests much about the provenance of his poetry. Croucher’s The Landing exhibits …

Books February 11, 2017

Storm and Grace

Kathryn Heyman’s Storm and Grace is essentially a novel about domestic violence, though you will find only veiled references to this subject in the recommendations on the book’s cover, which emphasise – somewhat disturbingly – the novel’s …

Books February 04, 2017

Down the Hume

Marketed as a hybrid of Christos Tsiolkas’s Loaded and Luke Davies’ Candy, Peter Polites’ Down the Hume is the story of a gay Greek man known as Bux, who finds himself in a masochistic relationship with an Aussie drug …

Books December 17, 2016

A Collapse of Horses

The stories in the American author Brian Evenson’s A Collapse of Horses are presented as “literary horror”. The New York Times has compared Evenson’s writing to that of Kafka and Poe, while also acknowledging the influence …

Books November 26, 2016

The Transmigration of Bodies and Signs Preceding the End of the World

Mexico’s Yuri Herrera is a rare thing: a writer to get truly excited about. This book, comprising two novellas, gives us Herrera’s work in translation for the first time. It is writing that is simultaneously concise and epic, dynamically plotted …

Books November 12, 2016

Children of the New World

Children of the New World is a stellar book of short stories by the American writer Alexander Weinstein, that shows how science fiction is arguably the essential genre for our age. The stories here present various futures, rooted in virtual …

Books October 08, 2016

The Better Son

Katherine Johnson’s second novel, The Better Son, is an example of a subgenre of Australian literature often called the Tasmanian Gothic. This type of story typically features an oppressive father and a buried secret, playing out a family …