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Title: The Trouble with Banality. "Hardly Beach Weather", by Bernard Cohen. [review]
Authors: Matthews, David
Keywords: Australian
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Issue Date: Aug-2002
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Matthews, David 2002. The Trouble with Banality. Review of "Hardly Beach Weather" by Bernard Cohen. 'Australian Book Review', No 243, August, 59.
Series/Report no.: No 243
Abstract: Of all the talked-about new voices in Australian fiction of the early 1990s, Bernard Cohen’s is one of relatively few that has been regularly heard since. A decade after "Tourism", he’s back with his fourth book and the improbable but apt position of writer-in-residence at Sir John Soane’s Museum in Bloomsbury. Despite the London residence, it’s such American postmodernists as Donald Barthelme or Robert Coover who seem to have influenced Cohen’s writing, which nevertheless is in a distinctly Australian vernacular mode. There is the same interest in the fragment, the narrative shard, and, conversely, a lack of concern about wholeness and traditional completion and, frequently, a preoccupation with fables and archetypal story forms.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/1680
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 243 - August 2002

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