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Source: Vagabond Press
y One Hundred Letters Home single work   biography  
  • Author: Adam Aitken http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/aitken-adam
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 One Hundred Letters Home
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When Adam Aitkens parents first met his father, a white Australian, had been posted to Bangkok by the advertising company her worked for. Aitken's mother was a university graduate from southern Thailand. In his quest to understand the people they were - from before he was born through to their eventual separation - Aitkens explores letters and photographs dating back more than 50 years. One Hundred Letters Home is also an account of his attempt to search for his Thai identity during a visit to the country in his early-twenties.

"Adam Aitken’s evocative memoir probes the reasons his father married his mother, an ‘Asian woman’, by researching family history, experimenting with Plots A, B, and C, and intertextual references to Christopher Koch’s 1995 novel Highways to a War, Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, and Marcel Proust’s ‘Swann’s Way’ translated into Thai by his uncle. He tests the construction of his hybridity, the notion of his Asian ‘face’ and where it might be welcome, and where and with whom a trans-Asian citizen belongs' (Gay Lynch, Transnational Literature (ctd. Vagabond Press).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney,: Vagabond Press , 2016 .
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      Source: Vagabond Press
      Extent: 301p.
      Description: illus., port.
      Note/s:
      • Published April 2016
      ISBN: 9781922181046

Works about this Work

Adam Aitken, One Hundred Letters Home Ivy Alvarez , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 76 no. 3 2017;
'Adam Aitken’s memoir, One Hundred Letters Home, is a near-heroic exercise in excavation and reconstruction, travelling as it does from the United Kingdom and Thailand to several cities in Australia, tracing the process through which Aitken uncovers and recovers almost every emotionally-significant fact, memory and thought to do with his parents, and how these have come to affect him.' (Introduction)
Review Short : Adam Aitken’s One Hundred Letters Home Eileen Chong , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 55.1 2016;

— Review of One Hundred Letters Home Adam Aitken 2016 single work biography
Rebecca Allen Reviews One Hundred Letters Home by Adam Aitken Rebecca Allen , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , September no. 19 2016;

— Review of One Hundred Letters Home Adam Aitken 2016 single work biography
Rebecca Allen Reviews One Hundred Letters Home by Adam Aitken Rebecca Allen , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , September no. 19 2016;

— Review of One Hundred Letters Home Adam Aitken 2016 single work biography
Review Short : Adam Aitken’s One Hundred Letters Home Eileen Chong , 2016 single work
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , October no. 55.1 2016;

— Review of One Hundred Letters Home Adam Aitken 2016 single work biography
Adam Aitken, One Hundred Letters Home Ivy Alvarez , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 76 no. 3 2017;
'Adam Aitken’s memoir, One Hundred Letters Home, is a near-heroic exercise in excavation and reconstruction, travelling as it does from the United Kingdom and Thailand to several cities in Australia, tracing the process through which Aitken uncovers and recovers almost every emotionally-significant fact, memory and thought to do with his parents, and how these have come to affect him.' (Introduction)
Last amended 21 Feb 2017 11:17:51
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    Thailand,
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    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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    England,
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
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    Australia,
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