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Awards for Works

The Hand that Signed the Paper , 1994 single work novel

'The brothers Kovalenko...did not kill Jews just because they were poor and Ukrainian, and did not know any better. They killed Jews because they believed that they themselves were savages.'

'The Hand that Signed the Paper tells the story of Vitaly, a Ukrainian peasant, who endures the destruction of his village and family by Stalin's communism. He welcomes the Nazi invasion in 1941 and willingly enlists in the SS Death Squads to take a horrifying revenge against those he perceives to be his persecutors.

'This remarkable novel, a shocking story of the hatred that gives evil life, is also an eloquent plea for peace and justice.' (Publication summary)

1995 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
1994 winner Australian Literature Society Gold Medal
1993 winner The Australian / Vogel National Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript)
Influence on:
Mrs Petrov's Shoe Noelle Janaczewska 2006 single work drama
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