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Issue Details: First known date: 1984... 1984 Australische Erzähler von Marcus Clarke bis Patrick White
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  • German translations of short stories by 35 Australian writers. Published in the then German Democratic Republic.

    Includes biographical notes on the authors (pp. 541-557) and an afterword by the editor (pp. 531-540).


* Contents derived from the Berlin,
Western Europe, Europe,
Verlag Volk und Welt , 1984 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Seizure of 'The Cyprus', Q. , 1870 single work prose non-fiction

'On the 9th of August, 1829, the 'Cyprus' a vessel which was employed by the Government of Hobart Town to Macquarie Harbour, was seized by the convicts and carried into the South Seas.' (112)

Die Meuterei auf der Cyprus
(p. 5-14)
Lieutenant Darrell's Predicament, 'Price Warung' , 1890 single work short story Leutnant Darrells gefahrliche Lage (p. 15-35)
The Drover's Wife, Henry Lawson , 1892 single work short story

First appearing in The Bulletin in 1892, Henry Lawson's short story 'The Drovers Wife' is today regarded as a seminal work in the Australian literary tradition. Noted for it's depiction of the bush as harsh, potentially threatening and both isolated and isolating, the story opens with a simple enough premise: an aggressive--and presumably deadly--snake disrupts the working life of a bushwoman and her young children. Brave but cautious, the woman resolves to protect her children since her husband is, characteristically, away from home and of no help. 

As time passes within the story, tension builds, and the snake's symbolic threat takes on layers of meaning as the sleepless heroine recalls previous challenges she faced while her husband was away. A series of flashbacks and recollections propel the story through the single night over which it takes place, and by the time the climax arrives--the confrontation with the snake--readers have learned much about the heroine's strengths and fears, most of the latter involving the loss of children and dark figures who encroach upon her small, vulnerable homestead. To be sure, this "darkness" is highly symbolic, and Lawson's use of imagery invokes Western notions of good and evil as well as gendered and racial stereotypes. 

Die Frau des Viehtreibers
(p. 36-44)
The Funerals of Malachi Mooney, Edward Dyson , 1900 single work short story humour Die beiden Leichenzüge des Malachi Mooney (p. 45-52)
Squeaker's Mate, Barbara Baynton , 1902 single work short story Sqeakers Gefaehrte (p. 53-70)
The Discovery of Christmas Reef, Joseph Furphy , 1908 single work short story Das Gold des Weihnachtstages (p. 71-96)
The Cast-Iron Canvasser, A. B. Paterson , 1891 single work short story humour satire science fiction Der hartnaeckige Vertreter (p. 97-106)
The Cooboo, Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1927 single work short story
Set on the wide plains of the Murndoo station, 'The Cooboo' is the story of Rose, a Wongana woman, mother, and stockwoman.
Das Cooboo
(p. 107-111)
The Gateway, Dymphna Cusack , 1930 single work short story Das Tor (p. 112-119)
Jettisoned, Vance Palmer , 1929 single work short story Treibgut (p. 120-130)
No Family, Kylie Tennant , 1934 single work short story Ohne Anhang (p. 131-136)
Sister Ann, Henry Handel Richardson , 1949 single work short story Schwester Ann (p. 137-158)
Fourteen Fathoms by Quetta Rock, Randolph Bedford , 1928 single work short story Vierzehn Faden tief vor Quetta Rock (p. 159-170)
Sojourners, Frank Dalby Davison , 1940 single work short story Gaste (p. 171-188)
Back for Good, Gavin Casey , 1940 single work short story Die Heimkehr (p. 189-198)
Pilgrimage, Mary Durack , 1940 single work short story Die Wanderschaft (p. 199-208)
The Party, Marjorie Barnard , 1984 single work short story Die Party (p. 209-214)
The Pelican, Cecil Mann , 1945 single work short story Der Pelikan (p. 215-222)
To Command the Cats, Geoffrey C. Bingham , 1946 single work short story Der Herr der Katzen (p. 223-230)
The Pepper Tree, Dal Stivens , 1949 single work short story Der Pfefferbaum (p. 231-237)

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Language: German
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