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Issue Details: First known date: 1992... 1992 Cosmo Cosmolino
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'He straightened his spine, raised his head, and extended his gun arm towards me in a slow, vertical arc. I saw then what he was, and stood still in front of him, for he was here on business. He was a small, serious, stone-eyed angel of mercy.

'Janet is a skeptic, a journalist; Maxine revels in New Age fantasies; and Ray, a drifter, is a born-again Christian. The common ground is the house they share. But their fragile domestic balance is about to explode amid the smashing of ukeleles, the unexpected ascension of an angel, and a sudden shower of jonquils.' (Publication summary : Text Classics)

Notes

  • Includes two short stories ('Recording Angel' and 'A Vigil') and a novella (Cosmo Cosmolino), all three interlinked through characters. 'A Vigil' has also been published separately.

  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,:Text Publishing , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Cosmo Cosmolino : Introduction, Ramona Koval , 2012 single work criticism

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1992 .
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      Extent: 221p.
      Description: port.
      ISBN: 0869142844 (pbk.), 0869142658
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Bloomsbury ,
      1993 .
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      Extent: 221p.
      ISBN: 0747513449
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago ,
      1994 .
      image of person or book cover 7814342578920581569.png
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 221p.
      ISBN: 1853817392 (pbk)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1996 .
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      Extent: 221p.
      ISBN: 014025904X
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
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      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 304p.
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Ramona Koval. Introduction indexed separately.
      • Publication date: 28 April 2012.
      ISBN: 9781921921803 (ebk.), 9781921922206 (pbk.)
      Series: y separately published work icon Text Classics Text Publishing (publisher), Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2012- Z1851461 2012 series - publisher novel 'Great books by great Australian storytellers.' (Text website.)

Works about this Work

Consider This : Helen Garner's Cosmo Cosmolino Tegan Bennett Daylight , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , May 2016;
[Review] Cosmo Cosmolino Jo Case , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Cosmo Cosmolino Helen Garner , 1992 single work novel
Cosmo Cosmolino : Introduction Ramona Koval , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cosmo Cosmolino 2012;
The Interview : Helen Garner Shannon Burns (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Wet Ink , no. 24 2011; (p. 28-32)
'Author of Monkey Grip, The Children's Bach, and The First Stone - as well as other award-winning non-fiction - Helen Garner has kept readers on their toes for more than three decades. After sixteen years of non-fiction, readers might have assumed that Cosmo Cosmolino (1992) was destined to be the last of Garner's major fiction. Then, in 2008, The Spare Room - a novel based largely on three weeks spent nursing a terminally ill friend - was released to widespread critical acclaim.' (p. 28)
Greek Olives and Italian Prosciutto on Crusty French Bread : Food in Contemporary Fiction by Australian Women Jennifer Mitchell , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;
'Women have often had a troubled relationship with food, but in recent decades there has been a bit of a turn around - at least in fictional terms. In some earlier Australian feminist fiction from the 1970s and 1980s, women were often portrayed as oppressed by, or resistant to, food and eating. Here I explore food in Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story, Andrea Goldsmith's Gracious Living, and two works by Helen Garner - The Children's Bach and Cosmo Cosmolino. In these stories women refrain from eating, or over indulge, as forms of resistance to oppression. But times have changed. This essay examines the changing nature of how food is represented in fiction by Australian women. The later novels explored here - Drusilla Modjeska's The Orchard, Marion Halligan's The Fog Garden, Stephanie Dowrick Tasting Salt and Amanda Lohrey's Camille's Bread (1995) - significantly reframe food preparation and consumption as positive experiences that promote women's independence, and contribute to their creative lives and personal relationships. These later texts transcend the earlier view of domesticated women as anxious or resistant consumers of food. Instead, food is aesthetically rich and sensually rewarding; a controllable and pleasurable experience promoting health, wellbeing, and positive loving relationships. (Author's abstract)
Recording Devils : Helen Garner's Cosmo Cosmolino and its critics Giselle Bastin , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 1 1992; (p. 49-55)

— Review of Cosmo Cosmolino Helen Garner , 1992 single work novel
[Review] Cosmo Cosmolino Jo Case , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , no. 14 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of Cosmo Cosmolino Helen Garner , 1992 single work novel
Creating New Worlds Deana Rankin , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , December-January (1991-1992) vol. 71 no. 1022 1991; (p. 14)

— Review of Cosmo Cosmolino Helen Garner , 1992 single work novel
A Recording Angel for the 1990s Barbara Brook , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Book Review , March vol. 4 no. 1 1992; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Cosmo Cosmolino Helen Garner , 1992 single work novel
A World of Understanding in Cosmo Cosmolino... Judy Waterman , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 6 no. 2 1992; (p. 147)

— Review of Cosmo Cosmolino Helen Garner , 1992 single work novel
Sensational Story : Rereading Female Heterotopias in Helen Garner's 'Cosmo Cosmolino' Larissa McLean-Davies , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literature and Sensation 2009; (p. 61-72)
Are there Really Angels in Carlton? Australian Literature and Theology Noel Rowe , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ethical Investigations : Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics 2008; (p. 30-59)
Greek Olives and Italian Prosciutto on Crusty French Bread : Food in Contemporary Fiction by Australian Women Jennifer Mitchell , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;
'Women have often had a troubled relationship with food, but in recent decades there has been a bit of a turn around - at least in fictional terms. In some earlier Australian feminist fiction from the 1970s and 1980s, women were often portrayed as oppressed by, or resistant to, food and eating. Here I explore food in Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story, Andrea Goldsmith's Gracious Living, and two works by Helen Garner - The Children's Bach and Cosmo Cosmolino. In these stories women refrain from eating, or over indulge, as forms of resistance to oppression. But times have changed. This essay examines the changing nature of how food is represented in fiction by Australian women. The later novels explored here - Drusilla Modjeska's The Orchard, Marion Halligan's The Fog Garden, Stephanie Dowrick Tasting Salt and Amanda Lohrey's Camille's Bread (1995) - significantly reframe food preparation and consumption as positive experiences that promote women's independence, and contribute to their creative lives and personal relationships. These later texts transcend the earlier view of domesticated women as anxious or resistant consumers of food. Instead, food is aesthetically rich and sensually rewarding; a controllable and pleasurable experience promoting health, wellbeing, and positive loving relationships. (Author's abstract)
The Interview : Helen Garner Shannon Burns (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Wet Ink , no. 24 2011; (p. 28-32)
'Author of Monkey Grip, The Children's Bach, and The First Stone - as well as other award-winning non-fiction - Helen Garner has kept readers on their toes for more than three decades. After sixteen years of non-fiction, readers might have assumed that Cosmo Cosmolino (1992) was destined to be the last of Garner's major fiction. Then, in 2008, The Spare Room - a novel based largely on three weeks spent nursing a terminally ill friend - was released to widespread critical acclaim.' (p. 28)
y separately published work icon The Shrieking of Birds : A Study of Flow and Freedom in Helen Garner's Cosmo Cosmolino and The First Stone Jane C. Bekema , Canberra : 1996 Z1845574 1996 single work thesis
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