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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Sustenance
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In a small hotel on an island renowned for its hospitality and beauty, the Balinese staff and their Western guests are unexpectedly taken hostage. During the overnight siege, the hotel's cook is compelled by the crisis to provide spiritual and physical sustenance as best she can to the guests, staff and their poorly nourished captors. Reflecting on individuals' struggles to find meaning and love in the face of death, Sustenance is a compelling novel that reveals surprising ways in which people redeem themselves through fear and grief. -- From the publisher's media release.

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    We keep coming back and coming back

    [...] to the hotel instead of the hymns

    That fall upon it out of the wind.

    Wallace Stevens

    When you see people who are thin from lack of

    food, beg them to accept your help;

    remember that you may need their friendship in

    times to come.

    Rig Veda

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2010 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      ISBN: 9781742580715

Works about this Work

“The Root of All Evil”? Transnational Cosmopolitanism in the Fiction of Dewi Anggraeni, Simone Lazaroo and Merlinda Bobis Paul Giffard-Foret , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , December vol. 52 no. 5 2016; (p. 595-609)
This article exposes the contradictions of cosmopolitan citizenship and world peace in novels by three Southeast Asian Australian women authors. Their fiction questions the viability of transnational sisterhood in an age of humanitarian intervention where women and children have become pawns for renewed western imperialist ventures. This article asks in turn whether the incommensurable space opened up by the failures of various forms of what Stuart Hall calls cosmopolitanism “from above” can be reinvested through “reading up the ladder of privilege”, as proposed by Chandra T. Mohanty. Simone Lazaroo’s Sustenance (2010) and Merlinda Bobis’s The Solemn Lantern Maker (2008) build “grass-roots” forms of cosmopolitanism and touristic hospitality designed to redress the many evils of contemporary postcolonial societies. The Root of all Evil (1987) by Dewi Anggraeni objects to the Spivakian native informant and upwardly mobile migrant woman’s imperious desire to help her homeland’s subaltern female underclass, in light of the latter’s lack of agency and the harm such intervention may cause. (Publication abstract)
Untitled Samela Harris , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 August 2010; (p. 26)

— Review of Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel
Elsewhere Thuy On , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 324 2010; (p. 42)

— Review of Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel
Off the Shelf William Yeoman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 August 2010; (p. 6)

— Review of Dead Man's Gold Michael Torres , 2010 single work children's fiction ; The Fremantle Doctor Frank Aquino , 2007 single work novel ; Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel ; Traitor Stephen Daisley , 2010 single work novel ; The West : Australian Poems 1989-2009 John Mateer , 2010 selected work poetry ; Takeshita Demons Cristy Burne , 2010 single work children's fiction
Pick of the Week Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 August 2010; (p. 34)

— Review of Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel
Off the Shelf : Fiction Lorien Kaye , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 17 July 2010; (p. 30)

— Review of Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel
Mixed Menu of Suspense Peter Pierce , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 July 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel
Pick of the Week Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 August 2010; (p. 34)

— Review of Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel
Off the Shelf William Yeoman , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 31 August 2010; (p. 6)

— Review of Dead Man's Gold Michael Torres , 2010 single work children's fiction ; The Fremantle Doctor Frank Aquino , 2007 single work novel ; Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel ; Traitor Stephen Daisley , 2010 single work novel ; The West : Australian Poems 1989-2009 John Mateer , 2010 selected work poetry ; Takeshita Demons Cristy Burne , 2010 single work children's fiction
Elsewhere Thuy On , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 324 2010; (p. 42)

— Review of Sustenance Simone Lazaroo , 2010 single work novel
“The Root of All Evil”? Transnational Cosmopolitanism in the Fiction of Dewi Anggraeni, Simone Lazaroo and Merlinda Bobis Paul Giffard-Foret , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , December vol. 52 no. 5 2016; (p. 595-609)
This article exposes the contradictions of cosmopolitan citizenship and world peace in novels by three Southeast Asian Australian women authors. Their fiction questions the viability of transnational sisterhood in an age of humanitarian intervention where women and children have become pawns for renewed western imperialist ventures. This article asks in turn whether the incommensurable space opened up by the failures of various forms of what Stuart Hall calls cosmopolitanism “from above” can be reinvested through “reading up the ladder of privilege”, as proposed by Chandra T. Mohanty. Simone Lazaroo’s Sustenance (2010) and Merlinda Bobis’s The Solemn Lantern Maker (2008) build “grass-roots” forms of cosmopolitanism and touristic hospitality designed to redress the many evils of contemporary postcolonial societies. The Root of all Evil (1987) by Dewi Anggraeni objects to the Spivakian native informant and upwardly mobile migrant woman’s imperious desire to help her homeland’s subaltern female underclass, in light of the latter’s lack of agency and the harm such intervention may cause. (Publication abstract)
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