Maria Takolander has written poetry, fiction and essays. In 2003, she completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Deakin University, Victoria and subsequently accepted a lectureship in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at that institution.
'Mum and Dad were sitting up in bed, the dark veneer of the bed head framing them from above the waist and the white sheet messed up around their legs. Dad's mouth was smeared with blood. It was on his teeth. He was panting. Mum was looking into her lap, where she was squeezing her left fist with her right hand. I could see the thumb sticking out, a chunk of flesh hanging off and blood streaming down.
'A student travels to Estonia to investigate his violent father's upbringing.
'A woman is possessed by visions of her brother's brutal death at a lake in Finland.
'A bride plumbs the depths of her loathing for her husband on a journey across Africa.
'A lonely boy is haunted by nightmares of a new classmate who has an affair with their teacher.
Each of the stories in The Double is unnerving, and unforgettable. Ranging from rural Australia to Northern Europe and beyond, from the dark past of the Soviet era to a terrifying vision of the near future, this collection marks the arrival of a unique and bewitching talent.' (Publisher's blurb)
2010inaugural winnerABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story PrizeIn 2010, this award was known as the ABR Short Story Competition. It was renamed in honour of Elizabeth Jolley, and first awarded under the new name, in 2011.
Ghostly Subjects2009selected work poetry In Ghostly Subjects, Maria Takolander applies her unflinching gaze to topics ranging from the Madrid train bombings to sex dolls, from domestic violence to poetry readings, and from love games to cosmetics. The world portrayed in this striking collection is intensely uncanny and rendered with a distinctive precision of language and vision. (Publisher's blurb)