Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Being Somewhere Else: Diaspora as a Form of Alibi
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In this essay Hasluck comments on 'diaspora' and describes some of the ruminations that led to the creation of his novel, The Country Without Music. He ties the Borgesian preoccupation with illusion and reality to the notion (in law) of the alibi and then links both to the concept of diaspora. Hasluck discusses how fictive alternatives (what if the French had colonised Australia?) and alternative communities form some of the themes that animate his novel.

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