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'One of the central moral issues of our time is the question of asylum seekers, arguably the most controversial subject in Australia today.

'In this landmark anthology, twenty-seven of Australia's finest writers have focused their intelligence and creativity on the theme of the dispossessed, bringing a whole new perspective of depth and truthfulness to what has become a fraught, distorted war of words. This anthology confirms that the experience of seeking asylum – the journeys of escape from death, starvation, poverty or terror to an imagined paradise – is part of the Australian mindset and deeply embedded in our culture and personal histories.

'A Country Too Far is a tour de force of stunning fiction, memoir, poetry and essays. Edited by award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally, and featuring contributors including Anna Funder, Christos Tsiolkas, Elliot Perlman, Gail Jones, Raimond Gaita, Les Murray, Rodney Hall and Geraldine Brooks, this rich anthology is by turns thoughtful, fierce, evocative, lyrical and moving, and always extraordinarily powerful.

'A Country Too Far' makes an indispensable contribution to the national debate.' (Publisher's blurb)

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Penguin Books , 2013 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Introduction, Rosie Scott , single work essay

In this introduction, Rosie Scott discuss the ideas and concepts behind the publication of A Country Too Far.

(p. 1-4)
Moonlight, Rodney Hall , single work short story (p. 5-13)
The Singer and the Silence, Geraldine Brooks , single work prose (p. 14-16)
Homelandi"My beautiful cities", John Tranter , single work poetry (p. 17-20)
While the Drum Beats, 'Stop the Boats', Elliot Perlman , single work autobiography (p. 21-24)
The Master Shavers' Association of Paradise, Debra Adelaide , single work short story (p. 25-39)
The True Story of My Father, Sue Woolfe , single work autobiography (p. 40-60)
Exodusi"In such a time as this when multitudes", Dorothy Hewett , single work poetry (p. 61)
From : The People Smuggler, Robin De Crespigny , extract biography (p. 62-68)
The Stranger, Christos Tsiolkas , single work short story (p. 69-77)
The Garden, Denise Leith , single work autobiography (p. 77-89)
Obligation to Need, Raimond Gaita , single work autobiography
'Some Australian's are deeply saddened by the hotility that many of their fellow Australians have shown towards asylum seekers. Confronted with the aggressive nationalism that such hostility often expresses, some people never again want to hear talk of love of country. Even if there can be such love, not corrupted by what Ghassan Hage calls 'paranoid nationalism', they believe it is so rare and its distortions which are all too often murderous sos many, that it should be discouraged.' (Author's introduction)
(p. 90-102)
The Ocean, Gail Jones , single work short story (p. 103-109)
Immigrant Voyagei"My wife came out on the Goya", Les Murray , single work poetry (p. 110-115)
Zahra's Lullaby, Arnold Zable , single work prose (p. 116-126)
Camp Ahitereria, New Zealand, Stephanie Johnson , single work prose (p. 127-140)
A Fantasy of Sand and Sea, Kim Scott , single work essay (p. 141-148)
From : Half a Lifetime, Judith Wright , extract autobiography (p. 149-153)
The Company of Loversi"We meet and part now over all the world;", Judith Wright , single work poetry war literature (p. 154)
Tender Mercies, Rosie Scott , single work short story (p. 155-162)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2016 .
      Extent: 272p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 13 June 2016
      ISBN: 9780143574132

Works about this Work

Shades of Denial : Australian Responses to Foreign Possession and Dispossession Helga Ramsey-Kurz , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies , December vol. 21 no. 8 2019; (p. 1107-1123)

'This essay proposes a new way of thinking about asylum and refugees by bringing the contemporary discourse of forced displacement into conversation with that of the transnational mobility of today’s financial elites. It does so with respect to the Australian context and the affective registers of xenophobia and antiracism routinely exploited in public debates not only on boat people and asylum, but also on immigration to Australia at large. Thus, the essay responds to calls in the fields of migration studies, critical theory, and economic geography for a closer examination of the socioeconomic inequalities produced by a neoliberalism fast transforming national economies and compelling, or enticing, people all over the world to leave their homelands. Since such inequalities are currently receiving keenest attention in the popular media, it is to these that this essay turns first, with the aim to cast light on the argumentative impasses and ethical dilemmas which the task of chronicling the extravagant lifestyles of super-rich migrants poses. For ways to resolve these, it then moves to literary fiction, notably the novels Birds of Passage (1983) by Brian Castro and The Ancestor Game (1992) by Alex Miller, exploring how they displace the popular narrative of Asian invasion by situating contemporary immigration from Asia to Australia in a wider historical context and returning to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to tell the stories of wealthy Chinese families forcing their dependants to emigrate to Australia. The final section of the essay relates Miller and Castro’s appraisals of the grim legacy of these first engineers of forced migration from Asia to Australia to more recent literary protests by Geraldine Brooks, Raimond Gaita, Stephanie Johnson, Tom Keneally, and Kim Scott against the Australian nation-state’s denial of its obligation to grant asylum to refugees.' (Publication abstract)

A Country Too Far by Rosie Scott & Tom Keneally Judy Blyton , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 22 no. 2 2014; (p. 14)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Review : A Country Too Far Walter Mason , 2014 single work
— Appears in: Good Reading , February 2014; (p. 58)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Review : A Country Too Far Gillian Dooley , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
[Untitled] Satendra Nandan , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , May vol. 6 no. 2 2014;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers, Edited by Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally Wendy Bacon , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 28 October 2013;

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Authors Tell Tales of Nation's Cultural Mix Fran Metcalf , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 November 2013; (p. 66)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Pair of Ragged Claws Stephen Romei , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 November 2013; (p. 17)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
To Those Who Have Fled On the Human Factor Christopher Kremmer , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 30 November - 1 December 2013; (p. 30-31) The Canberra Times , 30 November 2013; (p. 21) The Age , 30 November 2013; (p. 22)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
A Portrait of an Alternative Australia Felicity Plunkett , 2013 single work
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30 November -1 December 2013; (p. 16-17)

— Review of A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013 anthology autobiography biography poetry short story essay
Australian Writers Address the Lives of Refugees with Truthfulness and Grace Rosie Scott , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , November 2013; (p. 5)
Writers for Refugees Benjamin Solah , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland (Online) , January 2014;
Introduction Rosie Scott , 2013 single work essay
— Appears in: A Country Too Far : Writings on Asylum Seekers 2013; (p. 1-4)

In this introduction, Rosie Scott discuss the ideas and concepts behind the publication of A Country Too Far.

Displaced Selves in Contemporary Fiction, or the Art of Literary Activism Antonio Jose Simoes Da Silva , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 28 no. 4 2013; (p. 65-78)

Tony Simoes da Silva writes: 'I explore how at times well-intentioned work is undermined by the very knowledge it seeks to create, and by the vocabulary in which it aims to do so. I have in mind in this instance a recent anthology edited by well-known Australian authors Thomas Keneally and Rosie Scott, A Country Too Far (2013). As I aim to show in a discussion of selected texts, the book is a significant example of the ways in which a desire to have an impact and the best of intentions do not always have the intended outcome' (66).

Shades of Denial : Australian Responses to Foreign Possession and Dispossession Helga Ramsey-Kurz , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies , December vol. 21 no. 8 2019; (p. 1107-1123)

'This essay proposes a new way of thinking about asylum and refugees by bringing the contemporary discourse of forced displacement into conversation with that of the transnational mobility of today’s financial elites. It does so with respect to the Australian context and the affective registers of xenophobia and antiracism routinely exploited in public debates not only on boat people and asylum, but also on immigration to Australia at large. Thus, the essay responds to calls in the fields of migration studies, critical theory, and economic geography for a closer examination of the socioeconomic inequalities produced by a neoliberalism fast transforming national economies and compelling, or enticing, people all over the world to leave their homelands. Since such inequalities are currently receiving keenest attention in the popular media, it is to these that this essay turns first, with the aim to cast light on the argumentative impasses and ethical dilemmas which the task of chronicling the extravagant lifestyles of super-rich migrants poses. For ways to resolve these, it then moves to literary fiction, notably the novels Birds of Passage (1983) by Brian Castro and The Ancestor Game (1992) by Alex Miller, exploring how they displace the popular narrative of Asian invasion by situating contemporary immigration from Asia to Australia in a wider historical context and returning to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to tell the stories of wealthy Chinese families forcing their dependants to emigrate to Australia. The final section of the essay relates Miller and Castro’s appraisals of the grim legacy of these first engineers of forced migration from Asia to Australia to more recent literary protests by Geraldine Brooks, Raimond Gaita, Stephanie Johnson, Tom Keneally, and Kim Scott against the Australian nation-state’s denial of its obligation to grant asylum to refugees.' (Publication abstract)

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