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Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Neither travel-writing nor reportage, neither exotica nor history, Semar's Cave, Mateer's long-awaited first work of prose, is what may be expected of a writer of his calibre - an understated yet challenging reflection on the ethics of travel, writing and being Australian in Indonesia.

Notes

  • Epigraph: our flesh will be one, our souls one
    even when they are far apart
    what pierces you will make me bleed
    (One, Sutardji Calzoum Bachri [trans. Harry Aveling])

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2004 .
      Extent: 335p.
      Note/s:
      • Glossary of frequently used Indonesian words p.35
      ISBN: 1920731148

Works about this Work

“Dreaming of the Empire of Nostalgia” : John Mateer’s Southern Barbarians Andreia Sarabando , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia, , vol. 3 no. 2 2012; (p. 20-31)
'This article deals with the politics of observing and commenting on "elsewhere" in John Mateer's "Portuguese collection" of poetry, Southern Barbarians (2011), with particular recourse to Marc Augé's anthropological theories of places and non-places. It also attempts to establish connections between Mateer's perceptions of Portugal and questions related to a Portuguese national identity as formulated by contemporary cultural commentators (Eduardo Lourenço, José Gil, Boaventura de Sousa Santos). In doing so, an exploration of the relationship between Portugal and Australia becomes inevitable.' (Author's abstract)
Australian ‘Immersion’ Narratives : Memoirs of Contemporary Language Travel Mary Besemeres , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Ties : Australian Lives in the World 2009; (p. 245-257)
Mary Besmeres examines 'three Australian texts—Gillian Bouras's A Foreign Wife (1986), Sarah Turnbull's Almost French: A New Life in Paris (2002) and John Mateer's Semar's Cave: An Indonesian Journal (2004)—drawing attention to what appear to be some common cultural assumptions in the authors' accounts of their interactions with speakers of languages other than English.' (p. 245)
Untitled Glen Hooper , 2007-2008 single work review
— Appears in: Five Bells , Summer vol. 15 no. 1 2007-2008; (p. 55-56)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Untitled David Callahan , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , March vol. 1 no. 1 2006;

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
A Quirky Look at Australia's Northern Neighbor Nicholas Birns , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 20 no. 2 2006; (p. 214)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Sumatran Reflections Madeleine Byrne , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , June vol. 15 no. 5 2005; (p. 42)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Passage to Indonesia A. Frances Johnson , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 64 no. 4 2005; (p. 60-69)
Miscellany Tony Maniaty , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 July - 1 August 2004; (p. 14)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Memoir Lorien Kaye , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 September 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
The Need to Belong : Non-Fiction Publishing in Australia, 2003-2004 Richard Rossiter , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 49 no. 2004; (p. 96-114)

— Review of Island and Otherland : Christopher Koch and His Books Noel Henricksen 2003 single work criticism ; The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 2 Donald Friend 2003 selected work diary ; The Diaries of Miles Franklin Miles Franklin 2004 selected work diary ; Can I Call You Colin? : The Authorised Biography of Colin Thiele Stephany Steggall 2004 single work biography ; The Sparrow Garden Marianna Lacek (translator), Peter Skrzynecki 2004 single work autobiography ; Minerva's Owl Excerpts from Exile Niqi Thomas 2003 single work biography ; Inside Out : An Autobiography Robert Adamson 2004 single work autobiography ; Bittersweet Journey Ruth Hegarty 2003 single work autobiography ; Bud : A Life Charles Tingwell Peter Wilmoth 2004 single work autobiography ; Dhuuluu-Yala : To Talk Straight : Publishing Indigenous Literature Anita Heiss 2003 multi chapter work criticism ; Two Sisters : Ngarta and Jukuna Ngarta Jinny Bent Jukuna Mona Chuguna Pat Lowe Eirlys Richards (translator), 2004 selected work autobiography biography ; Very Big Journey : My Life as I Remember It Hilda Jarman Muir 2004 single work autobiography ; Shadow Lines Stephen Kinnane 2003 single work biography ; Mongrel Signatures : Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo 2003 anthology criticism ; The Station at Austin Downs : One Family's Adventure on the Land Jo Jackson King 2004 single work autobiography ; Down to the Sea : A True Saga of an Australian Fishing Dynasty John Little 2004 single work biography ; Tanami : On Foot Across Australia's Desert Heart Kieran Kelly 2003 single work autobiography ; Great Australian Droving Stories Bill Marsh 2003 selected work short story ; Great Australian Drinking Stories 2003 anthology short story prose ; James Stirling : Admiral and Founding Governor of Western Australia Pamela Statham-Drew 2003 single work biography ; About Face : Asian Accounts of Australia Alison Broinowski 2003 single work criticism ; Chinese Women and the Global Village : An Australian Site Jan Ryan 2003 single work prose ; Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose ; Life and Death in the Age of Sail : The Passage to Australia Robin Haines 2003 single work non-fiction ; The Girl from Botany Bay : The True Story of Mary Broad and Her Extraordinary Escape Carolly Erickson 2004 single work biography ; Legacies of White Australia : Race, Culture and Nation 2003 anthology essay ; The Best Australian Essays 2003 2003 anthology essay autobiography interview prose review obituary ; Death Sentence : The Decay of Public Language Don Watson 2003 single work prose ; Great Australian Fishing Stories Paul Benjamin Kidd 2003 selected work short story
Nice People Like Us Kiera Lindsey , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 266 2004; (p. 47-48)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Untitled Mads Clausen , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , December no. 29 2004;

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Miscellany Tony Maniaty , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 31 July - 1 August 2004; (p. 14)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Memoir Lorien Kaye , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 September 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
The Need to Belong : Non-Fiction Publishing in Australia, 2003-2004 Richard Rossiter , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 49 no. 2004; (p. 96-114)

— Review of Island and Otherland : Christopher Koch and His Books Noel Henricksen 2003 single work criticism ; The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 2 Donald Friend 2003 selected work diary ; The Diaries of Miles Franklin Miles Franklin 2004 selected work diary ; Can I Call You Colin? : The Authorised Biography of Colin Thiele Stephany Steggall 2004 single work biography ; The Sparrow Garden Marianna Lacek (translator), Peter Skrzynecki 2004 single work autobiography ; Minerva's Owl Excerpts from Exile Niqi Thomas 2003 single work biography ; Inside Out : An Autobiography Robert Adamson 2004 single work autobiography ; Bittersweet Journey Ruth Hegarty 2003 single work autobiography ; Bud : A Life Charles Tingwell Peter Wilmoth 2004 single work autobiography ; Dhuuluu-Yala : To Talk Straight : Publishing Indigenous Literature Anita Heiss 2003 multi chapter work criticism ; Two Sisters : Ngarta and Jukuna Ngarta Jinny Bent Jukuna Mona Chuguna Pat Lowe Eirlys Richards (translator), 2004 selected work autobiography biography ; Very Big Journey : My Life as I Remember It Hilda Jarman Muir 2004 single work autobiography ; Shadow Lines Stephen Kinnane 2003 single work biography ; Mongrel Signatures : Reflections on the Work of Mudrooroo 2003 anthology criticism ; The Station at Austin Downs : One Family's Adventure on the Land Jo Jackson King 2004 single work autobiography ; Down to the Sea : A True Saga of an Australian Fishing Dynasty John Little 2004 single work biography ; Tanami : On Foot Across Australia's Desert Heart Kieran Kelly 2003 single work autobiography ; Great Australian Droving Stories Bill Marsh 2003 selected work short story ; Great Australian Drinking Stories 2003 anthology short story prose ; James Stirling : Admiral and Founding Governor of Western Australia Pamela Statham-Drew 2003 single work biography ; About Face : Asian Accounts of Australia Alison Broinowski 2003 single work criticism ; Chinese Women and the Global Village : An Australian Site Jan Ryan 2003 single work prose ; Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose ; Life and Death in the Age of Sail : The Passage to Australia Robin Haines 2003 single work non-fiction ; The Girl from Botany Bay : The True Story of Mary Broad and Her Extraordinary Escape Carolly Erickson 2004 single work biography ; Legacies of White Australia : Race, Culture and Nation 2003 anthology essay ; The Best Australian Essays 2003 2003 anthology essay autobiography interview prose review obituary ; Death Sentence : The Decay of Public Language Don Watson 2003 single work prose ; Great Australian Fishing Stories Paul Benjamin Kidd 2003 selected work short story
Nice People Like Us Kiera Lindsey , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 266 2004; (p. 47-48)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Untitled Mads Clausen , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , December no. 29 2004;

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Sumatran Reflections Madeleine Byrne , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , June vol. 15 no. 5 2005; (p. 42)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Untitled David Callahan , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Reviews in Australian Studies , March vol. 1 no. 1 2006;

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
A Quirky Look at Australia's Northern Neighbor Nicholas Birns , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 20 no. 2 2006; (p. 214)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Untitled Glen Hooper , 2007-2008 single work review
— Appears in: Five Bells , Summer vol. 15 no. 1 2007-2008; (p. 55-56)

— Review of Semar's Cave : An Indonesian Journal John Mateer 2004 single work prose
Passage to Indonesia A. Frances Johnson , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 64 no. 4 2005; (p. 60-69)
Australian ‘Immersion’ Narratives : Memoirs of Contemporary Language Travel Mary Besemeres , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transnational Ties : Australian Lives in the World 2009; (p. 245-257)
Mary Besmeres examines 'three Australian texts—Gillian Bouras's A Foreign Wife (1986), Sarah Turnbull's Almost French: A New Life in Paris (2002) and John Mateer's Semar's Cave: An Indonesian Journal (2004)—drawing attention to what appear to be some common cultural assumptions in the authors' accounts of their interactions with speakers of languages other than English.' (p. 245)
“Dreaming of the Empire of Nostalgia” : John Mateer’s Southern Barbarians Andreia Sarabando , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia, , vol. 3 no. 2 2012; (p. 20-31)
'This article deals with the politics of observing and commenting on "elsewhere" in John Mateer's "Portuguese collection" of poetry, Southern Barbarians (2011), with particular recourse to Marc Augé's anthropological theories of places and non-places. It also attempts to establish connections between Mateer's perceptions of Portugal and questions related to a Portuguese national identity as formulated by contemporary cultural commentators (Eduardo Lourenço, José Gil, Boaventura de Sousa Santos). In doing so, an exploration of the relationship between Portugal and Australia becomes inevitable.' (Author's abstract)
Last amended 20 Feb 2006 11:46:07
Subjects:
  • Medan, Sumatera,
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    Indonesia,
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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