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Issue Details: First known date: 1993... 1993 True Country
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'Billy is drifting, looking for a place to land. A young school teacher, he arrives in Australia's remote far north in search of his own history, his Aboriginality, and his future. He finds himself in a region of abundance and beauty but also of conflict, dispossession and dislocation. On the desperate frontier between cultures, Billy must find his place of belonging.' (Source: Fremantle Press website)




  • Dedication: For Robert Unghango and Mary Pandilow, who let me listen.
  • Epigraph: We carry in our hearts the true country / And that cannot be stolen / We follow in the steps of our ancestry / And that cannot be broken. 'The Dead Heart' - Midnight Oil

    (then why) ... this sense / of gain and loss, the now I am / not there, then, despite the giveaway / smile? I am born exile, or they / are tokens of infinity; and distance / like love is a necessary fiction. 'Distances' - Charles Boyle

  • Other formats: Also sound recording.
  • Other formats: Electronic resource (e-Book)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1993 .
      Extent: 255p.
      ISBN: 1863680381 (pbk)
    • South Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2000 .
      Extent: 256p.
      ISBN: 1863683232
    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2010 .
      image of person or book cover 2252582423803992334.jpg
      Extent: 299p.
      Edition info: 2nd Edition.
      • First published: 1993.
      ISBN: 9781921361524 (pbk)
Alternative title: Le vrai pays
Language: French
    • c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Editions du Rocher ,
      2006 .
      Extent: 296p.
      ISBN: 2268058190, 9782268058191

Works about this Work

Kim Scott's True Country as Aboriginal Bildungsroman Brenda Machosky , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott 2016; (p. 25-36)
Finding a Place in Story : Kim Scott’s Writing and the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project Natalie Quinlivann , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;

'In True Country, the narrator draws the reader close and says, “You listen to me. We’re gunna make a story, true story. You might find it’s here you belong. A place like this.” (15) Although the narrator speaks of ‘(a) place like this’ as “a beautiful place (…). Call it our country, our country all ‘round here” (15), belonging, for the reader, for the characters in each of Scott’s novels, and for Scott himself, is more than settling into a physical environment, belonging is finding a place in the story.

'Mamang, Noongar Mambara Bakitj, Dwoort Baal Kaat, and Yira Boornak Nyininy are major achievements in Scott and The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project’s process of returning, restoring and rejuvenating language and story within the Noongar community and for an ever-widening public. In their form, content and intent, the stories renegotiate ideas of place and placement, confronting personal, cultural and linguistic dislocations in Noongar lives as well as an ambivalent narrative landscape in which language and story are central to both a lingering colonialism and the process of decolonisation.' (Publication abstract)

Resisting Deracination, Reviving Identity : Re-reading Kim Scott’s True Country Arindam Das , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities , vol. 4 no. 2 2012; (p. 144-152)
'Aboriginal Australian author Kim Scott's True Country first novel, reveals the author's grappling with his Aboriginal identity amidst a community that has been deracinated, impoverished of its culture, thriving on reciprocity demanding welfare system and subjected to abominating ghettoization. The obvious reason being the corrosive assimilative workings of the white Australian nation-state. Driven by the zeal to unearth the spiritual truth/identity about this community and his self, Billy—the narrator sets out for a rummaging and recovers the meaning of true Aboriginal identity both at individual and community level. At the same time, as identity is internally heterogeneous, slippery, unstable and situational, true Aboriginal identity reclaiming remains a matter of strategic and subversive cultural resistance. While resisting white deracinating practices, the author discovers a 'true country'—a true Aboriginal identity— that could be realized beyond the modern truths in the world of 'Dreamtime reality'. It is this strategized cultural resistance to the assimilative white Australian nation-state, as is evident in the invective writing style of Scott, which I will highlight in this paper.' (Author's abstract)
Let’s Play the Game : Readers and Renderings of AL Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kategorialne aspekty komunikacji 2011; (p. 147-172)
Anti-Nativism in Australian Indigenous Literature Teresa Podemska-Abt , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kultura Historia Globalizacja , no. 7 2010; (p. 53-64)
'What in today's literary discourse are the reality and the world created by the words: nativism, nativity, the native, native? Why do we still speak and communicate with them and use them in different contexts, even though we know that these words often carry a negative emotional meaning load, taking us to spaces, times, and experiences of colonial suffering, despite their basis in academic arguments. In Australia such issues have been addressed by many Indigenous writers, amongst them — M. Langton, A. Moreton- Robinson, Mudrooroo, C. Watego, T. Birch, F. Bayet — Charlton, to name just a few.' (Author's introduction)
El arte de pronunciar - Mandawuy Yunupingu Ben Haneman , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Hontanar , March no. 18 1993; (p. 5)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott , 1993 single work novel
Strange Shadows on the Page Jennifer Cooke , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 February 1993; (p. 44)

— Review of A Road from Damascus David Balderstone , 1992 single work novel ; True Country Kim Scott , 1993 single work novel
Forecasts Claire Mills , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , December-January (1992-1993) vol. 72 no. 1033 1992; (p. 30)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott , 1993 single work novel
Life on an Aboriginal Settlement Terry O'Connor , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 30 January 1993; (p. wkd 6)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott , 1993 single work novel
Talent with a Mission Dennis Davison , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 February 1993; (p. rev 6)

— Review of True Country Kim Scott , 1993 single work novel ; The Common Rat Carmel Bird , 1993 selected work short story prose autobiography essay ; Harbour : Stories by Australian Writers 1993 anthology short story
Shouting Back : Kathryn Trees Talks to Kim Scott about His Writing Kathryn Trees (interviewer), 1995 single work interview
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , August/September vol. 10 no. 1 1995; (p. 20-21)
(Re)constructing Aboriginality : Scripting Ecological Poetics in Kim Scott's True Country Divya Anand , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 60-69)
Anand argues that Kim Scott's True Country 'offers a rich scope to initiate an eco-aesthetical study aimed at reconstructing the virtually extinct paradigms of aboriginal life.'
Singing Our Place Little Bit New : Aboriginal Narrativity and Nation Building in Kim Scott's 'True Country' Richard Pascal , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction , Fall vol. 46 no. 1 2004; (p. 3-11)
Listening to Indigenous Voices : The Ethics of Reading in the Teaching of Australian Indigenous Oral Narrative Russell West-Pavlov , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transcultural Graffiti : Diasporic Writing and the Teaching of Literary Studies 2005; (p. 155-170)
Elder Tells Her People's Story Jodi Hoffmann , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 10 August no. 357 2005; (p. 27)
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