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Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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'In October 1997 a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the dinner guests - most of them university students - had heard rumours of the plan. Nobody warned Joe Cinque. He died one Sunday, in his own bed, of a massive dose of rohypnol and heroin. His girlfriend and her best friend were charged with murder. Helen Garner followed the trials in the ACT Supreme Court. Compassionate but unflinching, this is a book about how and why Joe Cinque died. It probes the gap between ethics and the law; examines the helplessness of the courts in the face of what we think of as 'evil'; and explores conscience, culpability, and the battered ideal of duty of care.' (Source: Pan Macmillan website)

Garner takes 'a deliberately subjective and "literary" approach' to her material with an 'emphasis on a sympatheitic authorial persona as the source of the reader's perspective' (Susan Lever 'The Crimes of the Past: Anna Funder's Stasiland and Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation'. Paper delivered at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) conference 2006).

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Adaptations

form y Joe Cinque's Consolation : A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law Sotiris Dounoukos , Matt Rubinstein , Australia : Fandango Australia , 2016 Z1863568 2016 single work film/TV

'In early 1997, Anu Singh, a beautiful law student at the Australian National University, began to tell people she planned to kill herself. With doctors unable to help, Anu’s engineer boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. But as Anu’s mental and emotional state disintegrates, her plans grow more macabre and more public as she convinces fellow student Madhavi to help her. With Joe beginning to understand the true nature of their relationship, Anu starts talking of killing him as revenge for having made her ill. After an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends, Anu attempts to kill Joe but fails. She tries again and this time she succeeds, injecting Joe with a lethal dose of heroin. Nobody tried to stop her. ' (Production summary)

Notes

  • Epigraph:... to place, consider, deplore and mourn...(Gitta Sereny)
  • Epigraph: Suffering is not enough. (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 2004 .
      Extent: 328p.
      Description: ports.
      Reprinted: 2004
      Note/s:
      • Cover title: Joe Cinque's Consolation : A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law
      ISBN: 0330364979
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2006 .
      Extent: 328p.
      ISBN: 9780330421782, 0330421786

Works about this Work

Truth on Trial Lou Heinrich , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , January no. 24 2016; (p. 141-149)
'How recent Australian true-crime books have rejected male authority in court narratives and explored 'truth' through feelings.' (141)
Controversial Canberra Murder Case Comes to the Screen Filming of Canberra's Joe Cinque Saga Set to Wrap; Filmmaker Turns Lens on Divisive Murder Case Garry Maddox , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 13 June 2015; (p. 20) The Canberra Times , 13 June 2015; (p. 6) The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 June 2015; (p. 18)
Teaching Traumatic Life Narratives : Affect, Witnessing, and Ethics Kate Douglas , Tully Barnett , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 46-62, 254-255)

'Douglas and Barnett discuss their experiences teaching life writings of trauma to undergraduate literature students, employing Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation as a case study. They consider the affect of trauma stories and explore the ethics of including trauma texts in the literature curriculum–texts that often confront and destabilize students' reading positions. Such texts require the deployment of literary methodologies including, but also beyond, close reading–for instance, paratextual, contextual, and theory-based readings. Life narratives of trauma offer a means for broad considerations of the social and political efficacy of Australian literature texts.' (Publication summary)

Saga of Cinque Killing Nears Film Rendition Ewa Kretowicz , Emma Macdonald , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 May 2012; (p. 1-2)
The Interviewer & the Subject Sonya Voumard (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 1-14)
The Afterlife of Books Maria Tumarkin , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 71 no. 3 2012; (p. 79-88)

'In Law and Literature, a subject offered to the University of Melbourne’s final-year law students, they study Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man and Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation. In both books the law fails. Or as Gary Cazalet, who got the subject up and running, says of Hooper’s book: ‘It is an indictment of our legal system and it isn’t.’ I’d put it another way. In both books the victims’ families find, in law, neither solace nor justice. Justice, that is, the way we laypeople like to imagine it: morally purifying, thunderously absolute, a revelation, a release—justice of the kind that law can rarely give us.' (Author's introduction)

Creditable or Reprehensible? The Literary Journalism of Helen Garner Willa McDonald , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Journalism across the Globe : Journalistic Traditions and Transnational Influences 2011; (p. 260-275)
'This essay examines some of the critical reactions to Garner’s writing, in particular her long-form literary journalism, and proposes that her work has provoked censure when it has refused to follow traditional journalistic conventions; chosen not to establish a clear contract of intention with its readership; privileged the exploration of the writer’s emotions over intellectual frameworks; and challenged traditional notions of subjectivity and objectivity. What I hope to demonstrate is that a closer engagement with Garner’s nonfiction by academic critics would be a fruitful contribution to the field of literary journalism' (p.260).
J'Accuse in the Antipodes : Helen Garner's Public Interventions Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 139-157)
The Prose and the Passion Penny Pether , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 66 no. 3 2007; (p. 43-48)
Penny Pether searches for an Australian 'Constitutional Epic" in our recent literature and cinema.
The Writer : Helen Garner David Leser , 2006 single work biography
— Appears in: Dames and Divas : Twenty-One Remarkable Women 2006; (p. 155-168) Making Waves : 10 Years of the Byron Bay Writers' Festival 2006; (p. 111-127)
Fierce Amputations Elisabeth Hanscombe , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 106 2006; (p. 26-32)
y Against Forgetting: Anna Funder’s Stasiland and Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation Susan Lever , 2006 6472667 2006 single work criticism

In this conference paper, available at the Academia.edu repository, Susan Lever compares Stasiland to Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation. The paper 'considers the similarities in approach to real events of Anna Funder's examination of the GDR and its system of surveillance, and Helen Garner's account of the trials of the killer of a young man in Canberra. It argues that the "novelistic", subjective approach to these real events counters the cold rationality of the state, and the legal process. The author/narrators openly side with the victims, speaking for the personal nature of experience, and a feminist perspective.' (From author's abstract.)

Bello the Bilingual Cockatoo : Writing Italian Lives in Australia John Gatt-Rutter , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Annali d'Italianistica , vol. 24 no. 2006; (p. 107-131) The Bilingual Cockatoo : Writing Italian Australian Lives 2014; (p. 1-29)
Two Sides of the Story : For Melissa Firth , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 November 2006; (p. 32)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Two Sides of the Story : Against Debbie Elkind , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 November 2006; (p. 32)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
The Language of Evil Ceridwen Spark , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 8 October 2005; (p. 8)
'Western culture's attempt to explain human wickedness in psychiatric terms does little to enlighten us.'
Real Stories: Ethics and Narrative in Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation Suzanne Eggins , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 65 no. 1 2005; (p. 122-132)
Suzanne Eggins discusses Helen Garner's approach to the creative non-fiction genre. Eggins concludes 'Joe Cinque's Consolation shows us how one of our leading writers is negotiating the ethical and technical challenges of creative non fiction.'
The Sinner, the Prophet, and the Pieta : Sacrifice and the Sacred in Helen Garner's Narratives Brigid Rooney , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 159-165)
After stating that Garner's writing has the 'capacity to move, compel and disturb' the author then examines 'the relationship between Garner's literary reputation and her current purchase as an Australian public intellectual'. (p.160)
Vixens and Victims : Recurrent Gendered Tropes in Helen Garner's 'Non-Fiction' Anthea Taylor , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Politics and Culture , no. 4 2005;
Should I ... Or Shouldn't I? Malcolm Knox , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 37 no. 3 2005; (p. 8-12)
In this work Malcolm Knox considers the ethics of publishing and the risk of losing friends or contact with family when a character in a novel shows resemblances.
Thanks for Takin' an Interest Evelyn Juers , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 263 2004; (p. 26-30)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Touching the Void Morag Fraser , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 August 2004; (p. 5)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
What Was She Thinking? Helen Garner , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 August 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Murder She Wrote Diana Bagnall , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 August vol. 122 no. 6434 2004; (p. 64)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Inside the Skin Emma-Kate Symons , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 August 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
A Personal View to a Kill Chris Brice , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 August 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Far Different Scales of Justice Christopher Bantick , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 August 2004; (p. 9)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Two Cheers for Modernity Peter Rose , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 264 2004; (p. 24-25)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Two Sides to the Story : For Malcolm Knox , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 October 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Two Sides to the Story : Against Howard Hilton , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2-3 October 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
On Atonement Paul Bourke , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , October vol. 14 no. 8 2004; (p. 30)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Helen Garner's Consolation Katherine Wilson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 178 2005; (p. 77-79)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Hanging Out for a Judgement? Maryanne Dever , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 16 no. 2 2004;

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Melpomene and Thalia Carla Sari , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 64 no. 1-2 2005; (p. 286-293)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Second Look Peter Craven , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 25 September 2005; (p. 20)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Two Sides of the Story : For Melissa Firth , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 November 2006; (p. 32)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Two Sides of the Story : Against Debbie Elkind , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 November 2006; (p. 32)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner 2004 single work prose
Femme Fatale Susan Wyndham , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 17 July 2004; (p. 22)
Sorrow and Loss of a Sick, Sinister Tale Roderick Campbell , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 July 2004; (p. 13)
Death Both Bizarre and Intriguing Megan Doherty , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 1 August 2004; (p. 8-9)
A Novel Take on Facts and Salacious Detail Vivienne Wynter , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 August 2004; (p. 11)
Wynter looks at Joe Cinque's Consolation as an example of the growing genre of 'literary non-fiction or creative journalism'.
Untitled David Trembath , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 7 August 2004; (p. 10)
Untitled Anu Singh , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 7 August 2004; (p. 10)
Anu Singh regrets not having been contacted by Helen Garner to explain her side of the story before publication of the book Joe Cinque's Consolation
After 5 Years, Garner Keen to Turn Page on Life-Changing Tale Gia Metherell , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 11 August 2004; (p. 3)
Singh Now a Crusader for Women in Jail Megan Doherty , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 August 2004; (p. B5)
Crime and Punishment Jack Waterford , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 August 2004; (p. 1a, 3a)
Now Anu Singh Cries Foul Over Book Angela Shanahan , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 August 2004; (p. B7)
Anu Singh was charged with Joe Cinque's murder but was convicted of manslaughter. She is outraged that her point of view is not made known in Helen Garner's book, Joe Cinque's Consolation.
Interview with Helen Garner: Greedy for True Stories - Garner's Creative Non Fiction Suzanne Eggins , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 16 no. 2 2004;
The Language of Evil Ceridwen Spark , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 8 October 2005; (p. 8)
'Western culture's attempt to explain human wickedness in psychiatric terms does little to enlighten us.'
Real Stories: Ethics and Narrative in Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation Suzanne Eggins , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 65 no. 1 2005; (p. 122-132)
Suzanne Eggins discusses Helen Garner's approach to the creative non-fiction genre. Eggins concludes 'Joe Cinque's Consolation shows us how one of our leading writers is negotiating the ethical and technical challenges of creative non fiction.'
The Sinner, the Prophet, and the Pieta : Sacrifice and the Sacred in Helen Garner's Narratives Brigid Rooney , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 19 no. 2 2005; (p. 159-165)
After stating that Garner's writing has the 'capacity to move, compel and disturb' the author then examines 'the relationship between Garner's literary reputation and her current purchase as an Australian public intellectual'. (p.160)
Vixens and Victims : Recurrent Gendered Tropes in Helen Garner's 'Non-Fiction' Anthea Taylor , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Politics and Culture , no. 4 2005;
The Writer : Helen Garner David Leser , 2006 single work biography
— Appears in: Dames and Divas : Twenty-One Remarkable Women 2006; (p. 155-168) Making Waves : 10 Years of the Byron Bay Writers' Festival 2006; (p. 111-127)
Fierce Amputations Elisabeth Hanscombe , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 106 2006; (p. 26-32)
The Prose and the Passion Penny Pether , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 66 no. 3 2007; (p. 43-48)
Penny Pether searches for an Australian 'Constitutional Epic" in our recent literature and cinema.
Should I ... Or Shouldn't I? Malcolm Knox , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 37 no. 3 2005; (p. 8-12)
In this work Malcolm Knox considers the ethics of publishing and the risk of losing friends or contact with family when a character in a novel shows resemblances.
J'Accuse in the Antipodes : Helen Garner's Public Interventions Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 139-157)
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