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David Cohen David Cohen i(A99344 works by)
Born: Established: Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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David Cohen was born in Perth, Western Australia. He later moved to Melbourne and then Brisbane. Cohen has written short stories and novels; his fiction has appeared in a range of journals including Meanjin, Wet Ink and Australian Book Review online.

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y separately published work icon The Hunter and Other Stories of Men Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2018 13862043 2018 selected work short story

'A property developer fears that a burgeoning ibis population will prevent the construction of a high rise apartment complex; a bus stop outside a dementia care facility in Düsseldorf suffers its own identity crisis; a young man’s new job requires him to pose as a woodcutter and wave at a trainload of tourists; an aging, reclusive archivist becomes locked in a strange battle of wills with a courier; a backpacker in Israel has a bizarre religious experience.

'In these award-winning stories, David Cohen explores the oddities of human behaviour with wit, affection and startling brilliance.'  (Publication summary)

2019 winner Russell Prize for Humour Writing
2015 shortlisted Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Lament of a Bus Stop Outside the Benrath Senior Centre 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 226 2017;
2017 runner-up Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
y separately published work icon Disappearing off the Face of the Earth Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2017 10867562 2017 single work novel

'Hideaway Self Storage, located just off Brisbane’s M1, is in decline. But manager Ken Guy and his assistant Bruce carry on with their daily rituals even as the facility falls apart around them. Lately, however, certain tenants have been disappearing off the face of the earth, leaving behind units full of valuable items. Ken has no idea where these rent defaulters have gone but he thinks he might be able to turn their abandoned 'things' into a nice little earner that could help save his business. But the disappearances are accompanied by strange occurrences such as Bruce's inexplicable late-night excursions, Ken's intensifying aversion to fluorescent lights, and Ken's girlfriend's intensifying aversion to Ken. While further along the motorway, construction of a rival facility – Pharoah's Tomb Self Storage, part of a nationwide franchise – hints at a mysterious past and a precarious future.

'A surprisingly funny study of physical and mental deterioration, David Cohen's second novel is never quite what it seems. Sharply attuned to the absurdities of contemporary urban life, it is that rare literary beast, a comic drama that is at once intelligent and suspenseful, humorous and deep.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction Book
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