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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 The Pact
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'The creative section of this thesis has a narrator who shares much of my biography: she is around the same age, grew up in the same area as I did and has a similar name. When she returns to her hometown after a decade-long absence and reunites with old friends, she discovers that the story she has told herself about her past is only one version of events. The exploration of a notionally autobiographical theme is overlaid by a fictional narrative structure which enables an ambiguous rendering of the 'identity' of author, narrator and protagonist proposed by Lejeune.'
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  • Epigraph: Autobiography, if there really is such a thing, is like asking a rabbit to tell us what he looks like hopping through the grasses of the field. If we want to hear about the field, on the other hand, no one is in a better circumstance to tell us - so long as we keep in mind that we are missing all those things the rabbit was in no position to observe.
    From the Translator's Note prefacing the novel Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

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  • Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
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