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A contribution to and exploration of a long tradition in mythology and literature which articulates the human desire to manufacture an artefact that approximates and approaches the status of a living being. The novel contextualises this tradition in a narrative emerging from the post-Communist collapse of totalitarian power in Berlin.
Submitted to the School of Communication and Creative Arts of the Faculty of Arts, Deakin University.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Deakin University, Victoria, 2003.
* Contents derived from the Geelong,Geelong City - Geelong East area,Geelong area,Geelong - Terang - Lake Bolac area,Victoria,:2003 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
'Berlin, New Years Eve. A young architect abandons the apocalyptic heat of a Melbourne summer for the streets his grandfather once walked. Barely off the train, a blind woman invites him to play a game. The Spiel has begun. When the pair narrowly escape a bomb blast the woman disappears, leaving only the name that has haunted the architect since childhood - Rosa Stumm. But who is Rosa Stumm?' (UWA Publishing website)