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Issue Details: First known date: 1993 1993
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'Billy is drifting, looking for a place to land. A young school teacher, he arrives in Australia's remote far north in search of his own history, his Aboriginality, and his future. He finds himself in a region of abundance and beauty but also of conflict, dispossession and dislocation. On the desperate frontier between cultures, Billy must find his place of belonging.' (Source: Fremantle Press website)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Robert Unghango and Mary Pandilow, who let me listen.
  • Epigraph: We carry in our hearts the true country / And that cannot be stolen / We follow in the steps of our ancestry / And that cannot be broken. 'The Dead Heart' - Midnight Oil

    (then why) ... this sense / of gain and loss, the now I am / not there, then, despite the giveaway / smile? I am born exile, or they / are tokens of infinity; and distance / like love is a necessary fiction. 'Distances' - Charles Boyle

  • Other formats: Also sound recording.
  • Other formats: Electronic resource (e-Book)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1993 .
      Extent: 255p.
      ISBN: 1863680381 (pbk)
    • South Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2000 .
      Extent: 256p.
      ISBN: 1863683232
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2010 .
      Extent: 299p.
      Edition info: 2nd Edition.
      Note/s:
      • First published: 1993.
      ISBN: 9781921361524 (pbk)
Alternative title: Le vrai pays
Language: French
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      Monaco,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Paris,
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      France,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Editions du Rocher , 2006 .
      Extent: 296p.
      ISBN: 2268058190, 9782268058191

Works about this Work

Finding a Place in Story : Kim Scott’s Writing and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project Natalie Quinlivann , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;

'In True Country, the narrator draws the reader close and says, “You listen to me. We’re gunna make a story, true story. You might find it’s here you belong. A place like this.” (15) Although the narrator speaks of ‘(a) place like this’ as “a beautiful place (…). Call it our country, our country all ‘round here” (15), belonging, for the reader, for the characters in each of Scott’s novels, and for Scott himself, is more than settling into a physical environment, belonging is finding a place in the story.

'Mamang, Noongar Mambara Bakitj, Dwoort Baal Kaat, and Yira Boornak Nyininy are major achievements in Scott and The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project’s process of returning, restoring and rejuvenating language and story within the Noongar community and for an ever-widening public. In their form, content and intent, the stories renegotiate ideas of place and placement, confronting personal, cultural and linguistic dislocations in Noongar lives as well as an ambivalent narrative landscape in which language and story are central to both a lingering colonialism and the process of decolonisation.' (Publication abstract)

Resisting Deracination, Reviving Identity : Re-reading Kim Scott’s True Country Arindam Das , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities , vol. 4 no. 2 2012; (p. 144-152)
'Aboriginal Australian author Kim Scott's True Country first novel, reveals the author's grappling with his Aboriginal identity amidst a community that has been deracinated, impoverished of its culture, thriving on reciprocity demanding welfare system and subjected to abominating ghettoization. The obvious reason being the corrosive assimilative workings of the white Australian nation-state. Driven by the zeal to unearth the spiritual truth/identity about this community and his self, Billy—the narrator sets out for a rummaging and recovers the meaning of true Aboriginal identity both at individual and community level. At the same time, as identity is internally heterogeneous, slippery, unstable and situational, true Aboriginal identity reclaiming remains a matter of strategic and subversive cultural resistance. While resisting white deracinating practices, the author discovers a 'true country'—a true Aboriginal identity— that could be realized beyond the modern truths in the world of 'Dreamtime reality'. It is this strategized cultural resistance to the assimilative white Australian nation-state, as is evident in the invective writing style of Scott, which I will highlight in this paper.' (Author's abstract)
Let’s Play the Game : Readers and Renderings of AL Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kategorialne aspekty komunikacji 2011; (p. 147-172)
Anti-Nativism in Australian Indigenous Literature Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kultura Historia Globalizacja , no. 7 2010; (p. 53-64)
'What in today's literary discourse are the reality and the world created by the words: nativism, nativity, the native, native? Why do we still speak and communicate with them and use them in different contexts, even though we know that these words often carry a negative emotional meaning load, taking us to spaces, times, and experiences of colonial suffering, despite their basis in academic arguments. In Australia such issues have been addressed by many Indigenous writers, amongst them — M. Langton, A. Moreton- Robinson, Mudrooroo, C. Watego, T. Birch, F. Bayet — Charlton, to name just a few.' (Author's introduction)
Re-Discovering Identities. Language and Point of View in Scott's 'True Country' Chiara Minestrelli , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 7 2009; (p. 66-75)
'In this article I examine one of the early works by Australian Aboriginal writer Kim Scott, True Country. Drawing on studies of "point of view" and "modality", the present work tries to capture the troubled identities of Aboriginal communities in Australia and the process of growth and consciousness undergone by the protagonist. The article also highlights how fictional characters can be shaped and presented through their words and thoughts, thus involving the reader in a dialogistic relationship with the topic treated. Hence, the narrative structure is characterized by continuous shifts of perspective.' -- Author's abstract p. 66.
Strangers at Home Kim Scott , 2007 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Translating Lives : Living with Two Languages and Cultures 2007; (p. 1-11)
Singing the World Anew : Learning, Narration and Collaborative Culture in Kim Scott's 'True Country' Sudha Rai , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 42-52)
Rai's article argues that Scott's True Country points towards a 'collaborative culture' in which a renewal of relationships may overcome the 'colonial culture of racism, stereotypes and misrepresentations' (50). Rai draws attention to the role of learning collaboratively, including the act of writing collaboratively, in bringing about this renewal.
Listening to Indigenous Voices : The Ethics of Reading in the Teaching of Australian Indigenous Oral Narrative Russell West-Pavlov , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transcultural Graffiti : Diasporic Writing and the Teaching of Literary Studies 2005; (p. 155-170)
Elder Tells Her People's Story Jodi Hoffmann , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 10 August no. 357 2005; (p. 27)
Country and Connections : An Overview of the Writing of Kim Scott John Fielder , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Altitude , no. 6 2005;
'A Vision through the Smoky Haze' : Viewing Corroboree in Selected Australian Novels Melinda Rose Jewell , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 20 no. 1&2 2005; (p. 31-54)
"Fiction portraying the experiences of Australian Indigenous people often contains depictions of the 'corroboree'. This representation commonly conveys a scenario in which Indigenous people dance while being watched by white spectators. This establishes a relationship between seeing and knowing that locates power in the hands of the white observers. Later in this century, both non-Indigenous, then more typically Indigenous authors, deconstruct the power structures at work in these portrayals." (31)
(Re)constructing Aboriginality : Scripting Ecological Poetics in Kim Scott's True Country Divya Anand , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 60-69)
Anand argues that Kim Scott's True Country 'offers a rich scope to initiate an eco-aesthetical study aimed at reconstructing the virtually extinct paradigms of aboriginal life.'
Singing Our Place Little Bit New : Aboriginal Narrativity and Nation Building in Kim Scott's 'True Country' Richard Pascal , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction , Fall vol. 46 no. 1 2004; (p. 3-11)
Aboriginal Writing Philip Morrissey , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture 2000; (p. 313-320)
Disputed Territory Kim Scott , 2000 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Those Who Remain Will Always Remember : An Anthology of Aboriginal Writing 2000; (p. 162-171)
WA Author Gains Strength from the 'Dark Past' Jodi Hoffmann , 2000 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 6 September no. 234 2000; (p. 16)
"Singing Our Place Little Bit New": Kim Scott's `True Country' as Borderline Aboriginal Life Writing Eleanor Hogan , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Winter vol. 43 no. 2 1998; (p. 97-111)
Kim Scott in Conversation with Elizabeth Guy Elizabeth Guy (interviewer), 1996 single work interview
— Appears in: Westerly , Spring vol. 41 no. 3 1996; (p. 9-14) Span , April no. 44 1997; (p. 1-7)
Aboriginal Spirituality Veronica Brady , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Religion, Literature and the Arts : Conference Proceedings 1996; (p. 11-22) Literature and Theology , vol. 10 no. 3 1996; (p. 242-251)
Shouting Back : Kathryn Trees Talks to Kim Scott about His Writing Kathryn Trees (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 10 no. 1 1995; (p. 20-21)
El arte de pronunciar - Mandawuy Yunupingu Ben Haneman , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Hontanar , March no. 18 1993; (p. 5)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel
Strange Shadows on the Page Jennifer Cooke , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 February 1993; (p. 44)

— Review of A Road from Damascus David Balderstone 1992 single work novel ; True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel
Forecasts Claire Mills , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , December-January (1992-1993) vol. 72 no. 1033 1992; (p. 30)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel
Life on an Aboriginal Settlement Terry O'Connor , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 January 1993; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel
Talent with a Mission Dennis Davison , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 February 1993; (p. rev 6)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel ; The Common Rat Carmel Bird 1993 selected work short story prose autobiography essay ; Harbour : Stories by Australian Writers 1993 anthology short story
Two First Novels from Not Quite Unknowns Katharine England , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser Magazine , 13 March 1993; (p. 5)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel
Show Rather than Tell Katharine England , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 148 1993; (p. 35-36)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel
Untitled Veronica Brady , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , Winter vol. 38 no. 2 1993; (p. 90-94)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel
Hollow Men's Country Randolph Stow , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 16 no. 3 1994; (p. 355-357)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott 1993 single work novel
Shouting Back : Kathryn Trees Talks to Kim Scott about His Writing Kathryn Trees (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 10 no. 1 1995; (p. 20-21)
(Re)constructing Aboriginality : Scripting Ecological Poetics in Kim Scott's True Country Divya Anand , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 60-69)
Anand argues that Kim Scott's True Country 'offers a rich scope to initiate an eco-aesthetical study aimed at reconstructing the virtually extinct paradigms of aboriginal life.'
Singing Our Place Little Bit New : Aboriginal Narrativity and Nation Building in Kim Scott's 'True Country' Richard Pascal , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction , Fall vol. 46 no. 1 2004; (p. 3-11)
Listening to Indigenous Voices : The Ethics of Reading in the Teaching of Australian Indigenous Oral Narrative Russell West-Pavlov , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transcultural Graffiti : Diasporic Writing and the Teaching of Literary Studies 2005; (p. 155-170)
Elder Tells Her People's Story Jodi Hoffmann , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 10 August no. 357 2005; (p. 27)
Country and Connections : An Overview of the Writing of Kim Scott John Fielder , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Altitude , no. 6 2005;
Singing the World Anew : Learning, Narration and Collaborative Culture in Kim Scott's 'True Country' Sudha Rai , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Caring Cultures : Sharing Imaginations : Australia and India 2006; (p. 42-52)
Rai's article argues that Scott's True Country points towards a 'collaborative culture' in which a renewal of relationships may overcome the 'colonial culture of racism, stereotypes and misrepresentations' (50). Rai draws attention to the role of learning collaboratively, including the act of writing collaboratively, in bringing about this renewal.
Strangers at Home Kim Scott , 2007 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Translating Lives : Living with Two Languages and Cultures 2007; (p. 1-11)
'A Vision through the Smoky Haze' : Viewing Corroboree in Selected Australian Novels Melinda Rose Jewell , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 20 no. 1&2 2005; (p. 31-54)
"Fiction portraying the experiences of Australian Indigenous people often contains depictions of the 'corroboree'. This representation commonly conveys a scenario in which Indigenous people dance while being watched by white spectators. This establishes a relationship between seeing and knowing that locates power in the hands of the white observers. Later in this century, both non-Indigenous, then more typically Indigenous authors, deconstruct the power structures at work in these portrayals." (31)
Re-Discovering Identities. Language and Point of View in Scott's 'True Country' Chiara Minestrelli , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 7 2009; (p. 66-75)
'In this article I examine one of the early works by Australian Aboriginal writer Kim Scott, True Country. Drawing on studies of "point of view" and "modality", the present work tries to capture the troubled identities of Aboriginal communities in Australia and the process of growth and consciousness undergone by the protagonist. The article also highlights how fictional characters can be shaped and presented through their words and thoughts, thus involving the reader in a dialogistic relationship with the topic treated. Hence, the narrative structure is characterized by continuous shifts of perspective.' -- Author's abstract p. 66.
Anti-Nativism in Australian Indigenous Literature Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kultura Historia Globalizacja , no. 7 2010; (p. 53-64)
'What in today's literary discourse are the reality and the world created by the words: nativism, nativity, the native, native? Why do we still speak and communicate with them and use them in different contexts, even though we know that these words often carry a negative emotional meaning load, taking us to spaces, times, and experiences of colonial suffering, despite their basis in academic arguments. In Australia such issues have been addressed by many Indigenous writers, amongst them — M. Langton, A. Moreton- Robinson, Mudrooroo, C. Watego, T. Birch, F. Bayet — Charlton, to name just a few.' (Author's introduction)
Resisting Deracination, Reviving Identity : Re-reading Kim Scott’s True Country Arindam Das , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities , vol. 4 no. 2 2012; (p. 144-152)
'Aboriginal Australian author Kim Scott's True Country first novel, reveals the author's grappling with his Aboriginal identity amidst a community that has been deracinated, impoverished of its culture, thriving on reciprocity demanding welfare system and subjected to abominating ghettoization. The obvious reason being the corrosive assimilative workings of the white Australian nation-state. Driven by the zeal to unearth the spiritual truth/identity about this community and his self, Billy—the narrator sets out for a rummaging and recovers the meaning of true Aboriginal identity both at individual and community level. At the same time, as identity is internally heterogeneous, slippery, unstable and situational, true Aboriginal identity reclaiming remains a matter of strategic and subversive cultural resistance. While resisting white deracinating practices, the author discovers a 'true country'—a true Aboriginal identity— that could be realized beyond the modern truths in the world of 'Dreamtime reality'. It is this strategized cultural resistance to the assimilative white Australian nation-state, as is evident in the invective writing style of Scott, which I will highlight in this paper.' (Author's abstract)
"Singing Our Place Little Bit New": Kim Scott's `True Country' as Borderline Aboriginal Life Writing Eleanor Hogan , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Winter vol. 43 no. 2 1998; (p. 97-111)
Windmills in the Bush. Giants of the Mind M. S. Suarez Lafuente , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia's Changing Landscapes : Proceedings of the Second EASA Conference : Sitges, Barcelona, October 1993 1995; (p. 205-209)
Kim Scott in Conversation with Elizabeth Guy Elizabeth Guy (interviewer), 1996 single work interview
— Appears in: Westerly , Spring vol. 41 no. 3 1996; (p. 9-14) Span , April no. 44 1997; (p. 1-7)
Aboriginal Spirituality Veronica Brady , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Religion, Literature and the Arts : Conference Proceedings 1996; (p. 11-22) Literature and Theology , vol. 10 no. 3 1996; (p. 242-251)
A Journey Out/Back : Exploring Kim Scott's "True Country" Penny Van Toorn , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian-Canadian Studies , vol. 12 no. 2 1994; (p. 39-48)
Aboriginal Writing Philip Morrissey , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture 2000; (p. 313-320)
Disputed Territory Kim Scott , 2000 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Those Who Remain Will Always Remember : An Anthology of Aboriginal Writing 2000; (p. 162-171)
Let’s Play the Game : Readers and Renderings of AL Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kategorialne aspekty komunikacji 2011; (p. 147-172)
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