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Francesca Sasnaitis Francesca Sasnaitis i(A26023 works by) (a.k.a. Jurate Francesca Kristina Sasnaitis; Jurate Sasnaitis)
Born: Established: 1958 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Lithuanian
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1 Cosy Crime : Benjamin Stevenson’s Entertaining Third Novel Francesca Sasnaitis , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 442 2022; (p. 38)

— Review of Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone Benjamin Stevenson , 2022 single work novel

'Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series (1949–63) was my induction into crime reading. I was smitten with the secret society of children who set out to solve mysteries and right wrongs despite adults’ disbelief and objections. As a teen, I graduated to Agatha Christie and Arthur Upfield (in the 1970s, we were still unaware how offensive his depiction of Detective Inspector Napoleon ‘Bony’ Bonaparte was to Aboriginal Australians). Later, came writers of the hard-boiled school – Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Chester Himes – and others, like Georges Simenon and James Ellroy, who extended or subverted the conventions of the genre.' (Introduction)

1 Grief Squared X 2 i "re", Francesca Sasnaitis , 2021 single work poetry
— Appears in: Meniscus , vol. 9 no. 2 2021; (p. 84)
1 Contents i "That dead summer we deserved better - good fortune and snow", Francesca Sasnaitis , 2021 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 66 no. 2 2021; (p. 72)
1 Liminal Encounters : Short Story Collections by Paige Clark, Merlinda Bobis, and Luke Johnson Francesca Sasnaitis , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 438 2021; (p. 35-36)

— Review of She Is Haunted Paige Clark , 2021 selected work short story ; The Kindness of Birds Merlinda Bobis , 2021 selected work short story ; Ferocious Animals Luke Johnson , 2021 selected work short story
1 Dragica and Lotty : Krissy Kneen’s Remarkable Memoir Francesca Sasnaitis , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 431 2021; (p. 41)

— Review of The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen : Travels with My Grandmother's Ashes Krissy Kneen , 2021 single work autobiography

'The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen begins like a fable, the story of a poor family that wins the lotto and moves to a remote Queensland location to make fairy-tale characters for a tourist attraction called Dragonhall. There should be a happy ending, but there isn’t.' (Introduction)

1 Broken Hips and Painful Feet : Reching Une Belle Vieillesse Francesca Sasnaitis , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 425 2020; (p. 37-38)

— Review of The Time of Our Lives Robert Dessaix , 2020 multi chapter work prose

'In the garden of a hotel twenty minutes from Yogyakarta, a group of hopeful, middle-aged Westerners gyrate anxiously to the strains of LaBelle’s greatest hit. Unlike their young Balinese instructor, they are fighting a losing battle. Why bother? Robert Dessaix wonders. Next morning, his travelling companion answers in her husky smoker’s growl, ‘It’s death they’re afraid of – or at least dying.’'  (Introduction)

1 World Burns (Sans 'A') i "she sits in the beginning sun", Francesca Sasnaitis , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Meniscus , vol. 8 no. 1 2020; (p. 156)
1 y separately published work icon Gintaras = Amber Francesca Sasnaitis , Marian Crawford (illustrator), Melbourne : Marian Crawford Francesca Sasnaitis , 2019 18312301 2019 selected work poetry art work
1 Fate Francesca Sasnaitis , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 415 2019; (p. 52)

— Review of Fortune Lenny Bartulin , 2019 single work novel

'Fortune begins with Napoleon’s triumphant entry into Berlin on 27 October 1806. Does it matter whether the popular image of the emperor astride a magnificent white stallion is an embellishment? ‘Time sullies every truth,’ Lenny Bartulin tells us. History is as much a fiction as this tale of derring-do and dire misfortune heaped on innocent and wicked alike. Coincidence, improbable and highly amusing, propels the narrative in a series of fast-moving, often farcical vignettes that recall Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532), Voltaire’s Candide (1759), and Joseph Furphy’s classic Australian yarn Such Is Life (1903).'(Introduction)

1 'The Common Lot' Francesca Sasnaitis , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 410 2019; (p. 39)

'John Berger describes emigration as ‘the quintessential experience of our time’ (And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, 1984), and gives credence to the concept that geographic and psychological exile is pervasive to the human condition. ‘No one willingly chooses exile – exile is the option when choice has run out,’ says the protagonist of Invented Lives, Russian-Jewish émigré Galina Kogan.'  (Introduction)

1 Smudged Francesca Sasnaitis , 2019 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 409 2019; (p. 24)

'According to the online resource Climate Action Tracker, Australia’s emissions from fossil fuels and industry continue to rise and are heading for an increase of nine per cent above 2005 levels by 2030, rather than the fifteen to seventeen per cent decrease in emissions required to meet Australia’s Paris Agreement target. What this means for our environment and how the changes will manifest is a matter for speculation.'  (Introduction)

1 Summoning the Lightning Francesca Sasnaitis , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 407 2018; (p. 15-16)

'In 1952, Marion May Campbell’s father was killed in an apocalyptic accident when his World War II RAAF Dakota was knocked out of control by contact with a waterspout and was ‘unable to effect recovery’. There were no survivors and little wreckage. The outmoded Dakota was on loan to the CSIRO to conduct experiments in artificial rainmaking that required flying into turbulent cumulonimbus clouds. ‘Rainmaking is the work of the Devil,’ his daughter heard. Had the radio physicists on those flights discovered how to make it rain over drought-stricken areas of Australia, they would have been hailed as heroes. As it was, his grieving widow received a nasty anonymous letter intimating that the crew got what they deserved for ‘interfering with nature’.' (Introduction)

1 Shelter Francesca Sasnaitis , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 405 2018; (p. 14-15)

'For a homeless person, home is the street and the moveable blanket or bedroll. Ultimately, the only home remaining is the body. Fiona Wright is not homeless, she has been un-homed by her body’s betrayal. Whether she can ever feel that she fits again is the primary theme of her second collection of essays, The World Was Whole.'  (Introduction)

1 Francesca Sasnaitis Reviews 'Meanjin A–Z : Fine Fiction 1980 to Now' Edited by Jonathan Green Francesca Sasnaitis , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 403 2018; (p. 66)

— Review of Meanjin A-Z : Fiction 1980 to Now 2018 anthology short story

'The narrator of David Malouf’s virtuosic ‘A Traveller’s Tale’ (1982) describes Queensland’s far north as ‘a place of transformations’ and unwittingly provides us with an epigraph for this collection.'  (Introduction)

1 Museums of Memory Francesca Sasnaitis , 2018 single work prose
— Appears in: Long Paddock , vol. 77 no. 2 2018;

'Sometime I’d like to write a book

but today I’ll begin by telling a story—I may not have time

to tell the whole story

but at least I can make a beginning

There are many ways to begin, all involve digging.

(Introduction)

1 Speaking in Tongues i "the high sun; the day unbroken blue", Francesca Sasnaitis , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Meniscus , June vol. 5 no. 1 2017; (p. 111-112)
1 Chartwell i "the bed, this bed, shallow lines pressed in the mattress like", Francesca Sasnaitis , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Otoliths , 1 February no. 44 2017;
1 Hey Siri i "space", Francesca Sasnaitis , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Otoliths , 1 February no. 44 2017;
1 The Ones Peter Rose , Francesca Sasnaitis , 2017 selected work drama

'The Ones is a series of duologues about a married couple who happen to be publishers.'

1 Spirit Country i "her words have no weight here", Francesca Sasnaitis , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly : Crossings , no. 3 2017; (p. 37-38)
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