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Arnold Zable Arnold Zable i(A14409 works by)
Born: Established: 1947 Wellington, Wellington (Region), North Island,
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New Zealand,
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Pacific Region,
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Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Arnold Zable, the child of Polish-Jewish refugee parents, grew up in Carlton, Victoria. He lectured in social sciences and environmental studies at the University of Melbourne during the 1970s, and travelled and worked in the United States, India, Papua-New Guinea, Europe and South-East Asia. He also acted as a visiting lecturer in creative writing at a number of Melbourne Universities.

Zable has been involved in various aspects of migrant education, including conducting writing workshops for migrant children and adults. His autobiographical novel, Jewels and Ashes, received considerable literary attention and a number of awards. Zable's work has been heard in English and Yiddish on Radio 3EA and Radio 3ZZ, and he has read at the Kadimah Cultural Institute and on Jewish Writers Day in 1990 at B'nai B'rith House, Melbourne. He has been a member of the Victorian Storytellers Guild, a member of the Victorian branch of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW), and president of International PEN Melbourne.


Together with his writings for Victoria's Immigration Museum and membership of the Immigration Museum Advisory Committee, his novels, columns, articles, reviews, and essays clearly demonstrate his devotion to human rights advocacy. Bridging Two Worlds: Jews, Italians and Carlton (1993), the publication based on the Museum of Victoria's exhibition text, was co-written by Zable and he also was involved in the production of The Final Solution: An Attempt at Genocide (1981?). Zabler continued his advocacy activism when he wrote the cultural representation section of Professional Writing and Editing Industry Overview (2000) for the Victorian TAFE. Amongst his works for theatre is a play he co-wrote about the refugee experience, Kan Yama Kan (Once Upon a Time), which was first produced and performed by the Fitzroy Learning Network's refugee performers in 2002 at Trades Hall in Melbourne. In October 2004, Kavisha Mazzella, after working with Zabler on The Fig Tree: A Musical Companion to Arnold Zable's Book (2003), collaborated with him again in the two man show Anytime the Wind Can Change, to dramatise inspiring tales of Australia's indigenous people, immigrants and refugees. His involvement with film includes directing Glenn's Story (1979), script writing for the film that accompanied the planning report he edited called The Industrial Yarra (1976), and co-writing a study guide for the film Squizzy Taylor. As a photographer, he has supplied his own illustrations to his and other authors' children's picture books.

Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • Author writes in these languages: ENGLISH, YIDDISH

Personal Awards

2017 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature
2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers Fiction/Non-fiction
2009 highly commended Eureka Street/Reader's Feast Award

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Fighter : A True Story Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2016 9178141 2016 single work biography

'So it’s come to this. Sixty-seven years old and he labours on the docks. Cropped grey-white beard, ex-boxer’s pug nose, he is wiry, rotund and short. His strength is sensed rather than seen, belied by age and excess weight. Vigour is the word. Henry Nissen exudes vigour. His life force is strong. It animates his gestures, powers his determined little walk.

'HENRY Nissen was a champion boxer, the boy from Amess Street in working-class Carlton who fought his way up to beat some of the world’s best in the 1970s. Now, he works on the Melbourne docks, loading and unloading, taking shifts as they come up. But his real work is on the streets. He’s in and out of police stations and courts giving character statements and providing support, working to give the disaffected another chance. And all the while, in the background is the memory of another fighter, his mother—and her devastating decline into madness. The Fighter is a moving and poetic portrait of a compassionate man, but also a window onto the unnoticed recesses of Melbourne.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW
2017 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
y separately published work icon Violin Lessons Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2011 Z1797198 2011 selected work prose 'From the songs of Arab diva Umm Khultum on the banks of the Tigris to the strains of a young boy playing the violin for his mother in Melbourne, to the swing jazz of the nightclubs and cabarets of 1940s Baghdad, a fisherman playing a flute on the banks of the Mekong, and Paganini in the borderlands of eastern Poland...

'Music weaves its way through each of these spellbinding stories. Each tale, each fragment of music, leads to Amal, the woman who saved her life by clinging to a corpse for twenty hours alone in the sea.

'Arnold Zable takes the reader on an intimate journey into the lives of people he met on travels over the last forty years. These are tales aching to be told. Tales of hardship, of yearning and of celebration. Tales that span the globe, and bring us back to Melbourne to the powerful and heartbreaking story of Amal—her flight from Baghdad, her fears boarding the unseaworthy SIEV X, her survival when it went down, and her desire to have her story told.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Community Relations Commission Award
y separately published work icon Sea of Many Returns Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2008 Z1506916 2008 single work novel 'In Sea of Many Returns, master storyteller Arnold Zable delivers a cavalcade of stories, characters and places. He takes us to the island of Ithaca, the Ionian Sea, Kalgoorlie and Melbourne, as well as Port Said, the Black Sea and Danube River ports. The stories are told by Mentor, an Ithacan who arrives in Kalgoorlie in 1916 as a young man, and by his Melbourne-born granddaughter, Xanthe. Through them we meet many people and hear their stories, spanning more than a century. Like Homer's Odysseus, they left Ithaca to journey to distant places. We follow the lives of two brothers, who, as teenagers in the 1930s, build a boat and ferry freight and passengers across the Ionian Sea until one brother leaves for Australia. We meet Antonios Lekatsas and learn of his partnership with architect Walter Burley Griffin to design some of Melbourne's most creative buildings. And we hear the stories of the women who waited on Ithaca while their men sought fortune in Australia. Sea of Many Returns is a moving novel exploring the immigrant experience and our connection with place.'--Provided by publisher.
2010 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
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