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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... no. 398 January–February 2018 of Australian Book Review est. 1961 Australian Book Review
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* Contents derived from the 2018 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'He Was the Story' : A Polyphonic Portrait of a Mercurial Activist, Michael Winkler , single work essay

'In Alexis Wright’s novel Carpentaria (2006), Girlie claims, ‘If you ever want to find out about anything in your vicinity, you have to talk to the mad people.’ There are a lot of mad people in Wright’s biography of Aboriginal activist, thinker, and provocateur ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth. He is probably the maddest of all, in the Kerouacian sense of ‘mad to live, mad to talk’, but, according to his mate Doug Turner, his ‘madness gave him sanity’'. (Introduction)

(p. 8-9)
A Half-Open Door : A Study of David Malouf's Early Work, David McCooey , single work essay

'Plenty of novelists begin life as poets. Few, though, have managed to maintain their status as poet–novelists quite so impressively as David Malouf. But even Malouf, in his ‘middle period’, more or less dropped poetry for his ‘big’ novels – The Great World (1990), Remembering Babylon (1993), and The Conversations at Curlow Creek (1996) – before a late return to poetry, kicked off with Typewriter Music (2007). Perhaps appropriately, the last novel that Malouf has so far published, Ransom (2009), is based on a poem: Homer’s Iliad.'  (Introduction)

(p. 16-17)
Lady Luck, Richard Walsh , single work essay

'Mike Willesee has been one of the giants of the Australian media for over half a century. He was a major force in television for most of those years; but he began his life in print journalism and made a small fortune as the joint owner of 2Day FM when it was sold to the Lamb family. The memoir of such an important figure is always much anticipated, and its publication has been greeted with much fanfare, coinciding with a two-part episode on Australian Story, which is always notoriously shy of looking as though it is in any way promoting a commercial enterprise.'  (Introduction)

(p. 20-21)
La Trobe's Legacy : A Sympathetic Biography of Victoria's First Governor, John Arnold , single work essay

'Victorians know the name La Trobe through the eponymous university, La Trobe Street in the city of Melbourne, and the Latrobe Valley in Gippsland. Tasmanians are familiar with the town of Latrobe in the north-west of their state. But how many are aware that all the above were named after Charles Joseph La Trobe, the first superintendent of the European settlement of Port Phillip, one-time acting governor of Tasmania, and the first lieutenant-governor of the new British colony of Victoria?' (Introduction)

(p. 34)
'The Art of Navigation' by Rose Michael, Lisa Bennett , single work review
— Review of The Art of Navigation Rose Michael , 2017 single work novel ;

'Conceptually, The Art of Navigation is as intriguing as it is ambitious. The narrative is part near-future time travel, part historical drama, part nostalgic Australian Gothic – and all slipstream fiction. The novel braids, unbraids, and rebraids three main threads of time and place: suburban Melbourne in 1987; the royal courts of Elizabeth I and Rudolph II in 1587; and the outskirts of a new, not-quite-Melbourne in 2087. Yet there is practically nothing simple about this book – not the style or structure, nor the way it resolves. This complexity is both the greatest strength and the greatest weakness of slipstream stories. Slipstream fiction is difficult to process; it’s demanding, often frustrating. It functions because it is strange, because it estranges. Readers are not made welcome, not offered clear or complete pictures, but are instead asked to decipher dream-like visions glimpsed sideways through a warped scrying glass.' (Introduction)

(p. 38)
'I Am to Proliferate' : Two Different Exponents of Lyric Poetry, Toby Fitch , single work essay

'he poetic epigraphs that introduce all three sections in Brink, Jill Jones’s tenth full-length poetry collection, are collaged fragments from the poems proper. Moodily, they skirt the edges of what’s to come: ‘I am to proliferate.’ The poems then, in all their multiplicity, evoke and explore being on the brink – of knowing, feeling, sensing, and making sense...' (Introduction)

(p. 44-45)
Herr Doktor Tulp’s Interrogation (1942)i"Conveniently located next to Perrache", John Scott , single work poetry (p. 45)
Poetry in Queensland, Felicity Plunkett , single work essay

'In his luminous paean to poetry, modestly titled How to Read a Poem, Edward Hirsch writes that ‘poetry is made of metaphor’. This lucid statement is beautiful enough, but as a poet, Hirsch continues, making music, elaborating, forever taking the idea onwards, upwards and outwards, with poetry’s relentless energy: ‘It is a collision,’ he writes, ‘a collusion, a compression of two unlike things: A is B.’' (Introduction)

(p. 46)
Main Street Sociali"O Hail! to the days of wine and typhus,", Liam Ferney , single work poetry (p. 48)
Stock Marketi"bipolar record lows", David Stavanger , single work poetry (p. 48)
When We Dreamt like Kerouaci"Where Logan Rd and Creek intersect there used to be an old", Samuel Wagan Watson , single work poetry (p. 48)
Stones Sequence Suckedi"still. but not quite.", Pascalle Burton , single work poetry

Author's note: (after Samuel Beckett’s Molloy)

(p. 49)
Before / Nowi"\\ everything before was", Zenobia Frost , single work poetry (p. 49)
Discoveryi"Dots twirl along my veins", Anna Jacobson , single work poetry (p. 49)
Palimpsest, Lucas Thompson , single work essay

'Cities are essentially palimpsests, layered with overlapping lives, structures, and stories. Constantly in flux, each city is a sprawling and unwieldy text that is continually being rewritten. In Mirror Sydney, Vanessa Berry peels back many of the Harbour City’s layers, to reveal a tangle of hidden meanings and bygone inhabitants. Her book takes us on an eccentric journey through forgotten parts of the city’s history, suburbs, and architecture, while mounting a persuasive argument for paying closer attention to our surrounds.' (Introduction)

(p. 50)
'Her' by Garry Disher, Anna MacDonald , single work essay

'In this dark historical novel, Garry Disher imagines a world in which small girls are sold by their desperate families and enslaved to men such as the brutal ‘scrap man’ – ‘a schemer, a plotter, a trickster’ in whom ‘nothing ... rang true except rage and self-pity’ and who profits from the labour of womenfolk known as Wife, Big Girl, You, and Sister. Neither the scrap man, nor the women shackled to him, are named because ‘names had no currency in the scrap man’s family’ until, in an act of defiance, You secretly christens herself Lily.'  (Introduction)

(p. 51)
'Seabirds Crying in the Harbour Dark' by Catherine Cole, Rachael Mead , single work essay

'It is a pleasure to read a collection of short fiction in which every story is a work of elegant and meticulous craft. Catherine Cole has brought her significant observational and lyrical skills as a poet, novelist, and memoirist to bear on these stories, and the narratives unfold with cool, restrained style. However, this collection has more to offer readers than a selection of stylistically beautiful pieces. With ingenious use of theme and artful arrangement of individual stories, Cole delivers a cohesive collection that is far greater than the sum of its discrete parts.' (Publication summary)

(p. 52)
Grenades, Blanche Clark , single work essay

'The Guardian’s Australian bird of the year survey recently had the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) council in a flap. The student newspaper Farrago reported that the council had passed a motion condemning The Guardian for its failure to provide a preferential voting system. Farrago‘broke’ the news on Twitter that UMSU president Yan Zhuang had fulfilled the council’s demands to ‘sigh very loudly in the general direction of The Guardian Australia’s offices two times, shaking her head upon the second time’. Zhuang tweeted that she wanted to end her presidency with ‘something as hilarious and ridiculous as this whole year has been’.'  (Introduction)

(p. 53)
The Best of The Lifted Brow : Volume Two' Edited by Alexander Bennetts, Dan Dixon , single work essay
— Review of The Best of The Lifted Brow Volume Two 2017 anthology essay biography autobiography prose poetry ;

'A collection organised around ‘the best’ of anything invites a particular kind of evaluation, a seeking of the criteria that such an elastic adjective might imply. The criteria employed for the selection of essays, fiction, and poetry appearing in The Best of The Lifted Brow, Volume Two seem to be grounded in a desire for intellectual cheekiness and a willingness to embrace creative transgression.' (Introduction)

(p. 57)
[Review Essay] Muriel's Wedding: The Musical, Susan Lever , single work essay

'On Monday night I attended a performance of the Australian Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty where the audience gasped in wonder as the curtains parted on the final act: three massive chandeliers were lit then raised above a cream and gold confection of a set which put Versailles to shame. On Thursday night, I was at Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical where the sets and costumes are bright and garish, adding a satiric commentary of their own to the show’s cheerfully vulgar view of contemporary Australia. Gabriela Tylesova designed the sets and costumes for both productions – from Aurora’s wedding to Muriel’s wedding – with equal flair. The talent has gathered around Muriel’s Wedding.'  (Introduction)

(p. 63)

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