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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 The Last Thread
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'The Last Thread is Michael Sala's fascinating life in fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family. This is a moving chronicle of a boy's turbulent relationship with his bullying stepfather, aloof older brother and adored mother, whose cheerful apathy has devastating consequences. As his life unfolds, Michael - now a father - must decide if he can free himself from the dark pull of the past.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Autobiographical novel.
  • Dedication: For Kimiko
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Mulgrave, Ashwood - Mulgrave area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Affirm Press , 2012 .
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      Extent: 256p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: February 2012.
      ISBN: 9780987132680
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2017 .
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      Extent: 240p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 27th February 2017
      ISBN: 9781925498516

Works about this Work

Confession and Third Party Revelation in Memoir : The Narrator, The Confessant, and Textual Strategies for Decentring the Memoirist’s Authority Michael Sala , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , October vol. 17 no. 2 2013;
'This paper explores the mechanisms of first and third party confession, and compares the different confessional approaches deployed in a range of memoirs including Vivian Gornick’s Fierce Attachments, Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions, Dave Egger’s Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and my own book, The Last Thread. My paper examines the use of both implicit and explicit self-reflexive confessional gestures regarding the ethical boundaries of the texts that memoirists have written and argues that, despite the transparency that such gestures appear to offer the reader, it is largely through the separation of the roles of narrator and confessant that occurs through third party revelation – and consequently the disruption of the prescribed roles of writer and reader as the deliverer and receiver of confession – that memoirists can effectively decentre their own authority.' (Author's abstract)
Well Read Patrick Allington , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 25 February 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
Off the Shelf : Fiction Owen Richardson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 10 March 2012; (p. 34)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
Picking at the Loose Threads of an Unravelling Life Angela Meyer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 February 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
Second in Line Kate Holden , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 338 2012; (p. 51)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
Untitled Portia Lindsay , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , Summer 2011/12 vol. 91 no. 6 2011; (p. 33)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
Blood and Bone Humanity Ian McFarlane , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 February 2012; (p. 24)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
In Short : Fiction Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 February 2012; (p. 34)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
Second in Line Kate Holden , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 338 2012; (p. 51)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
Picking at the Loose Threads of an Unravelling Life Angela Meyer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 February 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of The Last Thread Michael Sala , 2012 single work novel
Confession and Third Party Revelation in Memoir : The Narrator, The Confessant, and Textual Strategies for Decentring the Memoirist’s Authority Michael Sala , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses , October vol. 17 no. 2 2013;
'This paper explores the mechanisms of first and third party confession, and compares the different confessional approaches deployed in a range of memoirs including Vivian Gornick’s Fierce Attachments, Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions, Dave Egger’s Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and my own book, The Last Thread. My paper examines the use of both implicit and explicit self-reflexive confessional gestures regarding the ethical boundaries of the texts that memoirists have written and argues that, despite the transparency that such gestures appear to offer the reader, it is largely through the separation of the roles of narrator and confessant that occurs through third party revelation – and consequently the disruption of the prescribed roles of writer and reader as the deliverer and receiver of confession – that memoirists can effectively decentre their own authority.' (Author's abstract)
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