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'One of the central moral issues of our time is the question of asylum seekers, arguably the most controversial subject in Australia today.

'In this landmark anthology, twenty-seven of Australia's finest writers have focused their intelligence and creativity on the theme of the dispossessed, bringing a whole new perspective of depth and truthfulness to what has become a fraught, distorted war of words. This anthology confirms that the experience of seeking asylum – the journeys of escape from death, starvation, poverty or terror to an imagined paradise – is part of the Australian mindset and deeply embedded in our culture and personal histories.

'A Country Too Far is a tour de force of stunning fiction, memoir, poetry and essays. Edited by award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally, and featuring contributors including Anna Funder, Christos Tsiolkas, Elliot Perlman, Gail Jones, Raimond Gaita, Les Murray, Rodney Hall and Geraldine Brooks, this rich anthology is by turns thoughtful, fierce, evocative, lyrical and moving, and always extraordinarily powerful.

'A Country Too Far' makes an indispensable contribution to the national debate.' (Publisher's blurb)

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin Books , 2013 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Rosie Scott , 2013 single work essay

In this introduction, Rosie Scott discuss the ideas and concepts behind the publication of A Country Too Far.

(p. 1-4)
Moonlight, Rodney Hall , 2013 single work short story (p. 5-13)
The Singer and the Silence, Geraldine Brooks , 2013 single work prose (p. 14-16)
Homelandi"My beautiful cities", John Tranter , 1991 single work poetry (p. 17-20)
While the Drum Beats, 'Stop the Boats', Elliot Perlman , 2013 single work autobiography (p. 21-24)
The Master Shavers' Association of Paradise, Debra Adelaide , 2013 single work short story (p. 25-39)
The True Story of My Father, Sue Woolfe , 2013 single work autobiography (p. 40-60)
Exodusi"In such a time as this when multitudes", Dorothy Hewett , 1999 single work poetry (p. 61)
From : The People Smuggler, Robin De Crespigny , 2013 extract biography (p. 62-68)
The Stranger, Christos Tsiolkas , 2013 single work short story (p. 69-77)
The Garden, Denise Leith , 2013 single work autobiography (p. 77-89)
Obligation to Need, Raimond Gaita , 2013 single work autobiography
'Some Australian's are deeply saddened by the hotility that many of their fellow Australians have shown towards asylum seekers. Confronted with the aggressive nationalism that such hostility often expresses, some people never again want to hear talk of love of country. Even if there can be such love, not corrupted by what Ghassan Hage calls 'paranoid nationalism', they believe it is so rare and its distortions which are all too often murderous sos many, that it should be discouraged.' (Author's introduction)
(p. 90-102)
The Ocean, Gail Jones , 2013 single work short story (p. 103-109)
Immigrant Voyagei"My wife came out on the Goya", Les Murray , 1977 single work poetry Immigrantenreise (p. 110-115)
Zahra's Lullaby, Arnold Zable , 2013 single work prose (p. 116-126)
Camp Ahitereria, New Zealand, Stephanie Johnson , 2013 single work prose (p. 127-140)
A Fantasy of Sand and Sea, Kim Scott , 2013 single work essay (p. 141-148)
From : Half a Lifetime, Judith Wright , 2013 extract autobiography (p. 149-153)
The Company of Loversi"We meet and part now over all the world;", Judith Wright , 1942 single work poetry war literature (p. 154)
Tender Mercies, Rosie Scott , 2009-2010 single work short story (p. 155-162)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2016 .
      Extent: 272p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 13 June 2016
      ISBN: 9780143574132

Works about this Work

Writers for Refugees Benjamin Solah , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland (Online) , January 2014;
Review : A Country Too Far Walter Mason , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Good Reading , February 2014; (p. 58)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Between Bad and Worse Michelle Foster , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Review : A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers Alex O'Brien , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 359 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
[Untitled] Satendra Nandan , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Review : A Country Too Far Gillian Dooley , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Country Too Far by Rosie Scott & Tom Keneally Judy Blyton , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 22 no. 2 2014; (p. 14)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Australian Writers Address the Lives of Refugees with Truthfulness and Grace Rosie Scott , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , November 2013; (p. 5)
Introduction Rosie Scott , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013; (p. 1-4)

In this introduction, Rosie Scott discuss the ideas and concepts behind the publication of A Country Too Far.

Displaced Selves in Contemporary Fiction, or the Art of Literary Activism Antonio Jose Simoes Da Silva , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 28 no. 4 2013; (p. 65-78)

Tony Simoes da Silva writes: 'I explore how at times well-intentioned work is undermined by the very knowledge it seeks to create, and by the vocabulary in which it aims to do so. I have in mind in this instance a recent anthology edited by well-known Australian authors Thomas Keneally and Rosie Scott, A Country Too Far (2013). As I aim to show in a discussion of selected texts, the book is a significant example of the ways in which a desire to have an impact and the best of intentions do not always have the intended outcome' (66).

A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers, Edited by Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally Wendy Bacon , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 28 October 2013;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Authors Tell Tales of Nation's Cultural Mix Fran Metcalf , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 November 2013; (p. 66)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 November 2013; (p. 17)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
To Those Who Have Fled On the Human Factor Christopher Kremmer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 30 November 2013; (p. 22) The Canberra Times , 30 November 2013; (p. 21) The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 November - 1 December 2013; (p. 30-31)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Portrait of an Alternative Australia Felicity Plunkett , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 November -1 December 2013; (p. 16-17)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
We Are Our Stories : Australian Reading Experiences in 2013 Donna Hancox , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 20 December 2013;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay ; Boy, Lost : A Family Memoir Kris Olsson 2013 single work biography
A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers, Edited by Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally Wendy Bacon , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 28 October 2013;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Authors Tell Tales of Nation's Cultural Mix Fran Metcalf , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 November 2013; (p. 66)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 November 2013; (p. 17)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
To Those Who Have Fled On the Human Factor Christopher Kremmer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 30 November 2013; (p. 22) The Canberra Times , 30 November 2013; (p. 21) The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 November - 1 December 2013; (p. 30-31)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Portrait of an Alternative Australia Felicity Plunkett , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 November -1 December 2013; (p. 16-17)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
We Are Our Stories : Australian Reading Experiences in 2013 Donna Hancox , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 20 December 2013;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay ; Boy, Lost : A Family Memoir Kris Olsson 2013 single work biography
Between Bad and Worse Michelle Foster , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Review : A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers Alex O'Brien , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 359 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
[Untitled] Satendra Nandan , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Review : A Country Too Far Gillian Dooley , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Review : A Country Too Far Walter Mason , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Good Reading , February 2014; (p. 58)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Country Too Far by Rosie Scott & Tom Keneally Judy Blyton , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 22 no. 2 2014; (p. 14)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Australian Writers Address the Lives of Refugees with Truthfulness and Grace Rosie Scott , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , November 2013; (p. 5)
Writers for Refugees Benjamin Solah , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland (Online) , January 2014;
Introduction Rosie Scott , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013; (p. 1-4)

In this introduction, Rosie Scott discuss the ideas and concepts behind the publication of A Country Too Far.

Displaced Selves in Contemporary Fiction, or the Art of Literary Activism Antonio Jose Simoes Da Silva , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 28 no. 4 2013; (p. 65-78)

Tony Simoes da Silva writes: 'I explore how at times well-intentioned work is undermined by the very knowledge it seeks to create, and by the vocabulary in which it aims to do so. I have in mind in this instance a recent anthology edited by well-known Australian authors Thomas Keneally and Rosie Scott, A Country Too Far (2013). As I aim to show in a discussion of selected texts, the book is a significant example of the ways in which a desire to have an impact and the best of intentions do not always have the intended outcome' (66).

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