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Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'A key to unlock the heart of the country.

'This is the story of a quest - a journey down the red highway.

'On returning from a war zone, Nicolas Rothwell begins to explore the deserts and towns, sleepy coastline and hidden worlds of Australia's north. As he travels, his journey gathers momentum and finds a shape. He has unforgettable, even mystical encounters: with a nun, an explorer, a collector and a hunter. It becomes a quest - for knowledge and a sense of home - that builds to a stunning culmination.

'... The Red Highway ... explores death, friendship, travel and art, and evokes a unique and mesmerising part of the country.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For AA
  • Epigraph: omnia tu nostrae tempora laetitiae

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2009 .
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      Extent: v, 266p.p.
      ISBN: 9781863954211 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Ground Zero : Nicholas Rothwell's Natural History of Destruction Robert Dixon , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Travel Writing , June vol. 15 no. 2 2011; (p. 177-188)
'In Wings of the Kite-Hawk (2003) and The Red Highway (2009), Australian travel writer Nicholas Rothwell describes his visits to a series of archives - libraries, memorials, history and natural history collections, art galleries, and antiquarian bookshops - in his quest for evidence of the great catastrophes of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: these include the ongoing contact between European and Aboriginal Australia, the apparent extinction of traditional Aboriginal languages and cultures, desertification and the mass extinction of species, and that great engine of twentieth-century destruction and dispersal, the Second World War. In this paper I examine the role of the archive in Rothwell's writing by comparison with the work of German-born novelist, W.G. Sebald. In The Rings of Saturn (trans. 1998), Sebald uses the image of debris held in Saturn's gravitational field as a metaphor of the evidence of historical catastrophe, especially the great caesura of the Second World War and the Holocaust. In comparing Sebald and Rothwell, I examine Rothwell's sense of history: are the Second World War and the European colonisation of Australia singular events or part of an ongoing 'natural history of destruction'? In examining the ethical implications of comparing these historical traumas, the article draws upon Dominick LaCapra's distinction between absence and loss, which has been influential both in work on the Holocaust and on reconciliation and the Stolen Generations in Australia.' (Author's abstract)
Roadhouse Poets Too Good To Be True Peter Cochrane , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , May vol. 4 no. 4 2009; (p. 16-17)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Whitmanesque Journeyer Gay Bilson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 311 2009; (p. 19-20)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Quest That Goes Beyond the Outback Cliches Michael McGirr , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 May 2009; (p. 28-29) The Age , 9 May 2009; (p. 25)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Meandering Journey a Beguiling Search for the Nation's Spirit Liam Davison , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 May 2009; (p. 10-11)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Untitled Tim Lloyd , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 June 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Appointment with the Sublime Peter Craven , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 4 no. 7 2009; (p. 8-9)
In response to Peter Cochrane's review of Nicolas Rothwell's The Red Highway, Peter Craven defends and applauds Rothwell's writing style. Rothwell 'is a remarkable writer,' says Craven, 'and he has the exorbitant pretentiousness that goes with everything that is exquisite and mandarin and expectant about his whole endeavour'.
Untitled David Cohen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 88 no. 8 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
True North David Cohen (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 88 no. 8 2009; (p. 35)
Untitled Bel Monypenny , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 196 2009; (p. 32)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Faux Sublime Peter Cochrane , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , September vol. 4 no. 8 2009; (p. 26)
Into the Shadowed Heart Pico Iyer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , August no. 48 2009; (p. 48-53)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Roadhouse Poets Too Good To Be True Peter Cochrane , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , May vol. 4 no. 4 2009; (p. 16-17)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Whitmanesque Journeyer Gay Bilson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 311 2009; (p. 19-20)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Quest That Goes Beyond the Outback Cliches Michael McGirr , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 May 2009; (p. 28-29) The Age , 9 May 2009; (p. 25)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Meandering Journey a Beguiling Search for the Nation's Spirit Liam Davison , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 May 2009; (p. 10-11)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Untitled Tim Lloyd , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 June 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Untitled David Cohen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 88 no. 8 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Untitled Bel Monypenny , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 196 2009; (p. 32)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Into the Shadowed Heart Pico Iyer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , August no. 48 2009; (p. 48-53)

— Review of The Red Highway Nicolas Rothwell 2009 single work prose
Appointment with the Sublime Peter Craven , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 4 no. 7 2009; (p. 8-9)
In response to Peter Cochrane's review of Nicolas Rothwell's The Red Highway, Peter Craven defends and applauds Rothwell's writing style. Rothwell 'is a remarkable writer,' says Craven, 'and he has the exorbitant pretentiousness that goes with everything that is exquisite and mandarin and expectant about his whole endeavour'.
True North David Cohen (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , May/June vol. 88 no. 8 2009; (p. 35)
Faux Sublime Peter Cochrane , 2009 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , September vol. 4 no. 8 2009; (p. 26)
Ground Zero : Nicholas Rothwell's Natural History of Destruction Robert Dixon , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Travel Writing , June vol. 15 no. 2 2011; (p. 177-188)
'In Wings of the Kite-Hawk (2003) and The Red Highway (2009), Australian travel writer Nicholas Rothwell describes his visits to a series of archives - libraries, memorials, history and natural history collections, art galleries, and antiquarian bookshops - in his quest for evidence of the great catastrophes of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: these include the ongoing contact between European and Aboriginal Australia, the apparent extinction of traditional Aboriginal languages and cultures, desertification and the mass extinction of species, and that great engine of twentieth-century destruction and dispersal, the Second World War. In this paper I examine the role of the archive in Rothwell's writing by comparison with the work of German-born novelist, W.G. Sebald. In The Rings of Saturn (trans. 1998), Sebald uses the image of debris held in Saturn's gravitational field as a metaphor of the evidence of historical catastrophe, especially the great caesura of the Second World War and the Holocaust. In comparing Sebald and Rothwell, I examine Rothwell's sense of history: are the Second World War and the European colonisation of Australia singular events or part of an ongoing 'natural history of destruction'? In examining the ethical implications of comparing these historical traumas, the article draws upon Dominick LaCapra's distinction between absence and loss, which has been influential both in work on the Holocaust and on reconciliation and the Stolen Generations in Australia.' (Author's abstract)
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