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Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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Abstract

'...always remember where you're from... To the Aboriginal Families of Mundra this saying brings either comfort or pain. To Nana Vida it is what binds the generations. To the unwilling savant Archie Corella it portends a fate too cruel to name. For Sophie Salte, whose woman's body and child's mind make her easy prey, nothing matters while her sister Murilla is there to watch over her.

For Murilla, fierce protector and unlikely friend to Caroline Drysdale, wife of the town patriarch, what matters is survival. In a town with a history of vigilante raids, missing persons and unsolved murders, survival can be all that matters'. (Source: back cover, 2002 edition)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my grandmother, Vera, and my mother, May.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

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Works about this Work

Introduction : Resistance to the Un-Australian Katrin Althans , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Darkness Subverted : Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film 2010; (p. 1-10)
'The Australian mind seems to be obsessed with the invocation of its 'un-national' apart from newspaper headlines, advertisements on television, or in signs tacked to lamp-posts in suburban Sydney, even the Macquarie Dictionary shows a preoccupation with the 'un-Australian'. Having introduced the lemma only as recently as 2001 in their Federation edition, the lexicographers already updated it in the subsequent 2005 edition by adding a fourth entry to account for the increased use of the word in the popular domain:' violating a pattern of conduct, behaviour, etc., which, it is implied by the user of the term, is one embraced by Australians'. Despite this zeal for determining the' un-national', little attention has been paid to its positive counterpart, thus making it easier to exclude people on grounds of their 'un-Australianness' than to welcome a national diversity.' (Author's introduction)
Con-Juring the Phantom : Spectral Memories Katrin Althans , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Darkness Subverted : Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film 2010; (p. 116-146)
Back to the Outback Pablo Armellino , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ob-Scene Spaces in Australian Narrative : An Account of the Socio-Topographic Construction of Space in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 245-265)
'Disappearing Memory' and the Colonial Present in Recent Indigenous Women's Writing Carole Ferrier , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2008; (p. 37-55)
Ferrier writes that her paper: 'contextualise[s] some significantly innovative women's texts within the developing history of Indigenous women's published writing since the 1960s, notably two novels- Vivienne Cleven's Her Sister's Eye (2002) and Alexis Wright's Carpentaria (2006). It will do this by placing them within perspectives that other, mainly Indigenous, commentators have offered; by considering Indigenous people's long negotiation with racialised and sexualised stereotypes of black women; by discussing what Indigenous people and others have suggested about postcoloniality and postcolonisation as a frame used for their situation; and by showing how these narratives emerge within, against and out of a past history of colonialist and paternalist intervention ... that involves little truth or reconciliation.' (p.37)
Untitled Jean Yates , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Books from Our Backyard : Must-Read Books from Queensland 2006; (p. 87)

— Review of Her Sister's Eye Vivienne Cleven 2002 single work novel
Rock of Dreams Katharine England , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 14 December 2002; (p. 11)

— Review of Confessing the Blues Anson Cameron 2002 single work novel ; Her Sister's Eye Vivienne Cleven 2002 single work novel
In Short Debra Adelaide , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 January 2003; (p. 15)

— Review of Her Sister's Eye Vivienne Cleven 2002 single work novel ; Black and Whiteley : Barry Dickins in Search of Brett Barry Dickins 2002 single work biography
Incantations of Grief and Memory Janine Little , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , vol. 14 no. 2 2002;

— Review of Her Sister's Eye Vivienne Cleven 2002 single work novel
Untitled Sonja Kurtzer , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , November vol. 18 no. 42 2003; (p. 324-326)

— Review of Her Sister's Eye Vivienne Cleven 2002 single work novel
Untitled Christine Choo , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , June no. 24 2004;

— Review of Her Sister's Eye Vivienne Cleven 2002 single work novel
Design of the Times Mary-Rose MacColl , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 November 2003; (p. 7)
This article discusses the proliferation of book covers, particularly fiction, that have photographs of parts of the body.
'Disappearing Memory' and the Colonial Present in Recent Indigenous Women's Writing Carole Ferrier , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2008; (p. 37-55)
Ferrier writes that her paper: 'contextualise[s] some significantly innovative women's texts within the developing history of Indigenous women's published writing since the 1960s, notably two novels- Vivienne Cleven's Her Sister's Eye (2002) and Alexis Wright's Carpentaria (2006). It will do this by placing them within perspectives that other, mainly Indigenous, commentators have offered; by considering Indigenous people's long negotiation with racialised and sexualised stereotypes of black women; by discussing what Indigenous people and others have suggested about postcoloniality and postcolonisation as a frame used for their situation; and by showing how these narratives emerge within, against and out of a past history of colonialist and paternalist intervention ... that involves little truth or reconciliation.' (p.37)
Back to the Outback Pablo Armellino , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ob-Scene Spaces in Australian Narrative : An Account of the Socio-Topographic Construction of Space in Australian Literature 2009; (p. 245-265)
Introduction : Resistance to the Un-Australian Katrin Althans , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Darkness Subverted : Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film 2010; (p. 1-10)
'The Australian mind seems to be obsessed with the invocation of its 'un-national' apart from newspaper headlines, advertisements on television, or in signs tacked to lamp-posts in suburban Sydney, even the Macquarie Dictionary shows a preoccupation with the 'un-Australian'. Having introduced the lemma only as recently as 2001 in their Federation edition, the lexicographers already updated it in the subsequent 2005 edition by adding a fourth entry to account for the increased use of the word in the popular domain:' violating a pattern of conduct, behaviour, etc., which, it is implied by the user of the term, is one embraced by Australians'. Despite this zeal for determining the' un-national', little attention has been paid to its positive counterpart, thus making it easier to exclude people on grounds of their 'un-Australianness' than to welcome a national diversity.' (Author's introduction)
Con-Juring the Phantom : Spectral Memories Katrin Althans , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Darkness Subverted : Aboriginal Gothic in Black Australian Literature and Film 2010; (p. 116-146)

Awards

2006 winner The Kate Challis RAKA Award Creative Prose Awarded jointly to Cleven's two novels 'Bitin' Back' and 'Her Sister's Eye'.
2004 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
2003 shortlisted One Book One Brisbane