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Erik Jensen Erik Jensen i(A108571 works by)
Gender: Male
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y separately published work icon Acute Misfortune : The Life and Death of Adam Cullen Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2014 7880297 2014 single work biography

'An unflinching portrait of talent and addiction.

'In 2008 the artist Adam Cullen invited journalist Erik Jensen to stay in his spare room and write his biography.

'What followed were four years of intense honesty and a relationship that became increasingly claustrophobic. At one point Cullen shot Jensen, in part to see how committed he was to the book. At another, he threw Jensen from a speeding motorbike. The book contract Cullen used to convince Jensen to stay with him never existed.

'Acute Misfortune is a riveting account of the life and death of one of Australia's most celebrated artists, the man behind the Archibald Prize-winning portrait of David Wenham. Jensen follows Cullen through drug deals and periods of deep self-reflection, onwards into his court appearance for weapons possession and finally his death in 2012 at the age of forty-six. The story is by turns tender and horrifying: a spare tale of art, sex, drugs and childhood, told at close quarters and without judgement.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize
2015 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
2015 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
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