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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Closer to Stone
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'The story of two brothers from ‘The Springs’ (a fictional former spa town near Brisbane) – one a soldier peacekeeper with the UN and one a sculptor. Set in 1993 in northern Africa (Morocco, Western Sahara and Algeria) and in the US years later, it follows the journey of Sebastian (Bas), the sculptor brother, who must go in search of his missing brother, Jack. His journey is a modern-day Heart of Darkness as he travels into the dangerous, war-torn, desert interior of northern Africa to discover what happened to his brother. What he finds there is not quite what he was expecting and has shocking consequences for him and his family. Through the story of two very different brothers, raised as Catholics, the novel delves into the rise of fundamentalist Islam and its culmination in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. However, the novel belongs to Bas who, through sculpting stone, attempts to find redemption from the dreadful events he witnesses in the desert in 1993.' Source: http://www.uqp.uq.edu.au/ (Sighted 08/03/2012).

Notes

  • Dedication:
    To Sue Cleary and in memory of John Cleary
    And of course
    Alisa
  • Epigraph:
    'You almost expect,
    when you touch this body,
    to find it warm.'

    Auguste Rodin

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Works about this Work

Recommended Reading from UQP 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Contact , Winter 2013; (p. 42)

— Review of Hear Me Roar : The Story of a Stay-at-Home Dad Ben Robertson , 2012 single work autobiography ; Closer to Stone Simon Cleary , 2012 single work novel
The Courier-Mail Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 September 2012; (p. 1, 4, 22)
Keeping Local Stories Alive Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28-29 July 2012; (p. 4-5)
Unbowed, Book Lovers Script Their Own Awards Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 July 2012; (p. 7)
No Way Back from War and Terror Angela Meyer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 May 2012; (p. 33)

— Review of Closer to Stone Simon Cleary , 2012 single work novel
Journey across the Sand Sea Peter Pierce , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 March 2012; (p. 25)

— Review of Closer to Stone Simon Cleary , 2012 single work novel
Off the Shelf : Fiction Thuy On , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 31 March 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of Closer to Stone Simon Cleary , 2012 single work novel
Dying Inside Dean Biron , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 340 2012; (p. 42)

— Review of Closer to Stone Simon Cleary , 2012 single work novel
Well Read Patrick Allington , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 March 2012; (p. 20)

— Review of Closer to Stone Simon Cleary , 2012 single work novel
Extreme Devotion Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 - 15 April 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Closer to Stone Simon Cleary , 2012 single work novel
Unbowed, Book Lovers Script Their Own Awards Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 July 2012; (p. 7)
Keeping Local Stories Alive Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28-29 July 2012; (p. 4-5)
The Courier-Mail Fran Metcalf , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 September 2012; (p. 1, 4, 22)
Last amended 4 Sep 2012 19:25:11
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    United States of America (USA),
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    Americas,
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