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Maria Takolander Maria Takolander i(A82520 works by)
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Maria Takolander has written poetry, fiction and essays. In 2003, she completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree at Deakin University, Victoria and subsequently accepted a lectureship in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at that institution: as of 2018, she was teaching Writing and Literature at Deakin.

Takolander's publications include three full-length poetry collections, published by Giramondo, Salt, and Whitemore Press, as well as a wide range of anthologised works, including annual publication in the Best Australian Poems or the Best Australian Poetry since 2005. Her work has been translated into three languages (Macedonian, Spanish, and German) and published in four countries other than Australia (the UK, the US, Austria, and Colombo).

In addition to her poetry, Takolander was also a finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Literature with her short-story collection The Double (and Other Stories), published by Text in 2013.

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The Double (And Other Stories) 2013 selected work short story

'Mum and Dad were sitting up in bed, the dark veneer of the bed head framing them from above the waist and the white sheet messed up around their legs. Dad's mouth was smeared with blood. It was on his teeth. He was panting. Mum was looking into her lap, where she was squeezing her left fist with her right hand. I could see the thumb sticking out, a chunk of flesh hanging off and blood streaming down.

'A student travels to Estonia to investigate his violent father's upbringing.

'A woman is possessed by visions of her brother's brutal death at a lake in Finland.

'A bride plumbs the depths of her loathing for her husband on a journey across Africa.

'A lonely boy is haunted by nightmares of a new classmate who has an affair with their teacher.

Each of the stories in The Double is unnerving, and unforgettable. Ranging from rural Australia to Northern Europe and beyond, from the dark past of the Soviet era to a terrifying vision of the near future, this collection marks the arrival of a unique and bewitching talent.' (Publisher's blurb)

2015 shortlisted Melbourne Prize
A Roānkin Philosophy of Poetry Australian Book Review , December 2010 - January 2011 no. 327 Hermano Cerdo , 2010 single work short story
2010 inaugural winner ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize In 2010, this award was known as the ABR Short Story Competition. It was renamed in honour of Elizabeth Jolley, and first awarded under the new name, in 2011.
Ghostly Subjects 2009 selected work poetry In Ghostly Subjects, Maria Takolander applies her unflinching gaze to topics ranging from the Madrid train bombings to sex dolls, from domestic violence to poetry readings, and from love games to cosmetics. The world portrayed in this striking collection is intensely uncanny and rendered with a distinctive precision of language and vision. (Publisher's blurb)
2010 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Poetry
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