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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Joe Cinque's Consolation
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'In October 1997 a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the dinner guests - most of them university students - had heard rumours of the plan. Nobody warned Joe Cinque. He died one Sunday, in his own bed, of a massive dose of rohypnol and heroin. His girlfriend and her best friend were charged with murder. Helen Garner followed the trials in the ACT Supreme Court. Compassionate but unflinching, this is a book about how and why Joe Cinque died. It probes the gap between ethics and the law; examines the helplessness of the courts in the face of what we think of as 'evil'; and explores conscience, culpability, and the battered ideal of duty of care.' (Source: Pan Macmillan website)

Garner takes 'a deliberately subjective and "literary" approach' to her material with an 'emphasis on a sympatheitic authorial persona as the source of the reader's perspective' (Susan Lever 'The Crimes of the Past: Anna Funder's Stasiland and Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation'. Paper delivered at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) conference 2006).

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Joe Cinque's Consolation : A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law Sotiris Dounoukos , Matt Rubinstein , ( dir. Sotiris Dounoukos ) Australia : Fandango Australia , 2016 Z1863568 2016 single work film/TV

'In early 1997, Anu Singh, a beautiful law student at the Australian National University, began to tell people she planned to kill herself. With doctors unable to help, Anu’s engineer boyfriend, Joe Cinque, attempts to get to the bottom of her condition. But as Anu’s mental and emotional state disintegrates, her plans grow more macabre and more public as she convinces fellow student Madhavi to help her. With Joe beginning to understand the true nature of their relationship, Anu starts talking of killing him as revenge for having made her ill. After an elaborate farewell dinner party attended by friends, Anu attempts to kill Joe but fails. She tries again and this time she succeeds, injecting Joe with a lethal dose of heroin. Nobody tried to stop her. ' (Production summary)

Notes

  • Epigraph:... to place, consider, deplore and mourn...(Gitta Sereny)
  • Epigraph: Suffering is not enough. (Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 2004 .
      Extent: 328p.
      Description: ports.
      Reprinted: 2004
      Note/s:
      • Cover title: Joe Cinque's Consolation : A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law
      ISBN: 0330364979
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2006 .
      Extent: 328p.
      ISBN: 9780330421782, 0330421786

Works about this Work

Being in the Archive : Affect and Scholarly Distance Bernadette Brennan , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Archives and Manuscripts , vol. 46 no. 1 2018; (p. 3-17)

'Working in the archives of living writers provides exciting possibilities for extended interpersonal research as well as ethical challenges. This article explores the author’s experience of working in Helen Garner’s restricted archives and negotiating the demands of scholarly objectivity with an increasingly felt empathic engagement. The author traces a chronological path through the archives relating to Garner’s three substantial works of non-fiction: The First Stone (1995), Joe Cinque’s Consolation (2004) and This House of Grief (2014). She draws attention to some of the ways in which distance and objectivity can be influenced not only by contact with a living writer but also by the space in which the archive is encountered. With a deliberate focus on the lived experience of researching, rather than a scholarly examination of archival theory, the author offers a case study of how the interaction of archives and living subject can shape research and publication.'  (Publication abstract)

Truth on Trial Lou Heinrich , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , January no. 24 2016; (p. 141-149)
'How recent Australian true-crime books have rejected male authority in court narratives and explored 'truth' through feelings.' (141)
Controversial Canberra Murder Case Comes to the Screen Filming of Canberra's Joe Cinque Saga Set to Wrap; Filmmaker Turns Lens on Divisive Murder Case Garry Maddox , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 June 2015; (p. 18) The Canberra Times , 13 June 2015; (p. 6) The Age , 13 June 2015; (p. 20)
Teaching Traumatic Life Narratives : Affect, Witnessing, and Ethics Kate Douglas , Tully Barnett , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 46-62, 254-255)

'Douglas and Barnett discuss their experiences teaching life writings of trauma to undergraduate literature students, employing Helen Garner's Joe Cinque's Consolation as a case study. They consider the affect of trauma stories and explore the ethics of including trauma texts in the literature curriculum–texts that often confront and destabilize students' reading positions. Such texts require the deployment of literary methodologies including, but also beyond, close reading–for instance, paratextual, contextual, and theory-based readings. Life narratives of trauma offer a means for broad considerations of the social and political efficacy of Australian literature texts.' (Publication summary)

The Interviewer & the Subject Sonya Voumard (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 1-14)
Thanks for Takin' an Interest Evelyn Juers , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 263 2004; (p. 26-30)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner , 2004 single work prose
Touching the Void Morag Fraser , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 August 2004; (p. 5)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner , 2004 single work prose
What Was She Thinking? Helen Garner , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 August 2004; (p. 6)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner , 2004 single work prose
Murder She Wrote Diana Bagnall , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 August vol. 122 no. 6434 2004; (p. 64)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner , 2004 single work prose
Inside the Skin Emma-Kate Symons , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 August 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of Joe Cinque's Consolation Helen Garner , 2004 single work prose
Femme Fatale Susan Wyndham , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 17 July 2004; (p. 22)
Sorrow and Loss of a Sick, Sinister Tale Roderick Campbell , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 July 2004; (p. 13)
Death Both Bizarre and Intriguing Megan Doherty , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 1 August 2004; (p. 8-9)
A Novel Take on Facts and Salacious Detail Vivienne Wynter , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 August 2004; (p. 11)
Wynter looks at Joe Cinque's Consolation as an example of the growing genre of 'literary non-fiction or creative journalism'.
[Review] Joe Cinque's Consolation : A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law David Trembath , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 7 August 2004; (p. 10)
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