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Nothing But the Truth. "Reflections on Life, Love and Society" by Nicolas-Sebastian Roch de Chamfort (ed and trans Douglas Parmee). [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2004-04)
Although this selection of nearly 500 pieces is necessarily fragmentary, Parmée has arranged the texts in such a way as to suggest certain preoccupations. By turns witty, cynical and wise, despairing and hopeful, Chamfort’s ...
Familial Thrills. "Lethal Factor" by Gabrielle Lord. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-10)
This is a crime novel written largely in headlines. "Lethal Factor" is replete with references to such choice items as bio-terrorism, the conflict in the Balkans, paedophilia, Nazi war criminals, strange goings-on in the ...
Downmarket Derring-Do. "White Dog" by Peter Temple. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-03)
"White Dog", an extract from which appeared in "Best Australian Stories 2002", is the fourth novel in the Jack Irish series. This time around our hero is called upon to find out whether the capricious, unstable artist ...
Pastiche, Not a Homage. "The Lamplighter" by Anthony O'Neill. [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-04)
"The Lamplighter" certainly has the look and feel of a nineteenth-century novel, but could it really be read as one? In preparing this review, I reread "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1886). What strikes the reader almost immediately ...
J.M. Coetzee [commentary]
(Australian Book Review, 2003-11)
According to Mario Vargas Llosa, literary awards ‘are extraordinarily arbitrary, sometimes stubbornly evading those who most deserve them while besieging and overwhelming those who merit them least’. Many of the world’s ...
A Human Abbatoir. "The Child of an Ancient People", by Anouar Benmalek (trans Andrew Riemer) [review]
(Australian Book Review, 2004-03)
"The Child of an Ancient People" is dedicated to the memory of Truganini and her people, the victims of what, Benmalek says, is 'a perfect genocide: its victims forgotten, the murderers free of blame'. Though there is a ...