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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 The Hum of Concrete
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'The Hum of Concrete is an evocative novel about a city and its people.

'Set in the multicultural city of Malmo, Sweden, The Hum of Concrete is the story of five people whose lives intersect.

'Consumed with despair, Palestinian Nassrin walks into the ocean with her baby in her arms. Susanna dares to take a stand against gay-bashers. By starlight, Bodil sees the city from the roof of a church. Estella meets her tough little half-brother for the first time. Lonely Rhyme seeks shelter in a tree full of fairy lights. And all round them, the hum of concrete.

'With photographic precision, Anna Solding captures both the light and shadow found in the fleeting beauty of everyday life. From the silences between people and the ordinariness of places, she conjures narrative jewels of intelligence and pleasure.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Book launched by Sean Williams during Adelaide Writers’ Week at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden, 3 March 2012.
  • This work is variously described as a collection of short stories and as a novel. Both the author and the publisher describe it as a novel.
  • Dedication: For Allan, my star
  • Publication abstract reviews:

    'Few novels invite you in as irresistibly as this one, and few give you as exhilarating and surprising a ride. Anna Solding writes with such tenderness, intelligence and invention. A novel to love and explore with and return to, and a most compelling and intriguing new voice in Australian writing.' - Peter Bishop, Varuna - The Writers' House

    'The characters are treated with heartwarming tenderness ... the Swedish settings vividly realized.' - J.M. Coetzee, Nobel Laureate in Literature

    'Anna Solding's spare and sensual prose ... weaves a magical intimacy into the cycle of birth, sex and death in the city, and it does not look away from seeing hope.' - Brian Castro, author of The Bath Fugues and Drift

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2010
    • Rundle Mall/Rundle Street, Adelaide City, Adelaide, South Australia,: MidnightSun , 2012 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 255p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st March 2012
      ISBN: 9780987226501 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Sun Shines on Fledgling Writers Deborah Bogle , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 8 June 2013; (p. 54)
A Sparkling Constellation Kate Pardey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , May-July no. 4 2012;

— Review of The Hum of Concrete Anna Solding , 2010 single work novel
Best in Print 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 December 2012; (p. 30)
Well Read Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 April 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Hum of Concrete Anna Solding , 2010 single work novel
Glimpses of Longing, Honest and Unadorned Diane Stubbings , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 March 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of The Hum of Concrete Anna Solding , 2010 single work novel
Off the Shelf : Stories Thuy On , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 10 March 2012; (p. 34)

— Review of The Hum of Concrete Anna Solding , 2010 single work novel
Glimpses of Longing, Honest and Unadorned Diane Stubbings , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 March 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of The Hum of Concrete Anna Solding , 2010 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 April 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Hum of Concrete Anna Solding , 2010 single work novel
A Sparkling Constellation Kate Pardey , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Rochford Street Review , May-July no. 4 2012;

— Review of The Hum of Concrete Anna Solding , 2010 single work novel
Best in Print 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 15 December 2012; (p. 30)
Sun Shines on Fledgling Writers Deborah Bogle , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 8 June 2013; (p. 54)
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