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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... 2021 A Period in the Shade : Patrick White Thirty Years on
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'The words are prescient, for Patrick White, who wrote them, has done rather well at dissolving into the impermanence of post-mortem obscurity. Perhaps unsurprisingly in view of the pandemic, the thirtieth anniversary of his death in 2020 left little imprint. No literary festival honoured the occasion, and no journal did a special issue. If White is looking down at us from some gumtree in the sky, he will be bathing in the lack of glory. He despised the hacks of the ‘Oz Lit’ industry as much as he loathed the ‘academic turds from Canberra’.' (Introduction)


  • Epigraph: ‘Your sense of permanence is perverted,’ said Holstius to Theodora Goodman in The Aunt’s Story (1948). ‘True permanence is a state of multiplication and division.’

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    y separately published work icon Australian Book Review no. 432 June 2021 22002492 2021 periodical issue

    'ABR has added an eleventh issue in 2021 – at no extra cost to subscribers – brimming with commentary, review essays, and creative writing. Ilana Snyder contextualises the recent turmoil in Israel and Palestine; Hessom Razavi turns our attention to the plight of refugees detained by Australia; Declan Fry examines the writings of Stan Grant; James Boyce laments the state of salmon-farming industry in Tasmania; and Martin Thomas revisits Patrick White three decades after his death. Elsewhere, explore a new short story by Josephine Rowe; poetry by Omar Sakr, Sarah Holland-Batt, and Derrick Austin; and much more.

    'This issue is generously funded by Matthew Sandblom and Wendy Beckett’s Blake Beckett Fund.' (Publication summary)


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