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Lineages and Legacies

Lineages and Legacies

Sonia Nair
Reviewed: Amma, Saraid de Silva, Moa Press Sri Lankan Pākehā writer Saraid de Silva’s highly vaunted debut novel Amma is the latest in a rich and storied tradition of multigenerational epics that explore the dislocation and possibilities of being transplanted ...
Sovereign Words, Sovereign Worlds

Sovereign Words, Sovereign Worlds

Sulagna Basu
Reviewed: Always Will Be, Mykaela Saunders, UQP Always Will Be is a strikingly creative collection of short stories by Koori/Goori and Lebanese writer Mykaela Saunders in which she evokes a range of speculative futures for her ancestral community of the ...
Floating fantasies and truths in tales

Floating fantasies and truths in tales

Ariana Haghighi
We rarely turn to poetry to parse historical truths, preferring to dissect ‘non-fiction’ narratives about the past, only accepting truth in the form of inviolable fact ...
Sex, art and capital

Sex, art and capital

Samantha Floreani
One of the compelling things about reading horror is the simultaneous push-pull sensation; to be drawn in and repulsed at the same time ...
Instead, Gather

Instead, Gather

Luoyang Chen
Poetry, like the archive, is past but never truly passes. While reading Wiradjuri poet Jeanine Leane’s gawimarra: gathering, stories and memories become part of an interconnected land-space, where past and future mingle with the present ...
New Skin for the Old Ceremony

New Skin for the Old Ceremony

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen
It’s the typical bind of the third-culture kid: too much of one thing, not enough of the oth­er, not enough, not enough, not enough … ...
Queer love and yearning

Queer love and yearning

Laura Pettenuzzo
For all the progress we’ve seen in the gay rights movement, Lead Us Not is a well-crafted reminder that queer joy is still so often unattainable ...
Private desires, collective dispossession

Private desires, collective dispossession

Ruth McHugh-Dillon
In her book Kassab looks horror in the eye, dignifies private desires and grieves their loss, and in doing so reminds us what being human looks like ...
Unlock the Magic Eye

Unlock the Magic Eye

Sam Elkin
Reviewed: Doppelganger, Naomi Klein, Allen Lane In 2014, fresh from officiating an impromptu same-sex wedding in a New York bookstore, the comedian Joan Rivers made an off-colour joke. When asked by a reporter whether she thought she’d live to see a ...
Australia in three books: π.O.

Australia in three books: π.O.

Elese Dowden
π.O. is advancing a radically new and delightfully anarchic method, not just for Australian poetry but for our entire age ...
Love at the ends of the earth

Love at the ends of the earth

Ned Hirst
Reviewed: Kairos, Jenny Erpenbeck, New Directions At the start of the first essay in her 2018 collection Not a Novel, Jenny Erpenbeck observes: ‘There is nothing better for a child than to grow up at the ends of the earth.’ For ...
Grad school in end times

Grad school in end times

Dion Kagan
Reviewed: The Late Americans, Brandon Taylor, Vintage Among campus novels, there’s a type chronicling the fortunes of a student, or group of students, coming of age in the hothouse of higher education, a melting pot of new people and ideas ...
Can you separate the art from the artist?

Can you separate the art from the artist?

Samantha Floreani
ReviewedMonsters: A Fan's Dilemma, Claire Dederer, Hachette Is it okay to enjoy art created by someone who has acted atrociously? Such is the central question explored in Claire Dederer’s Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma. Initially motivated by a troubled love ...
A future where Palestine is free

A future where Palestine is free

Bobuq Sayed
Reviewed: Palestine + 100, edited by Basma Ghalayini, Comma Press The anthology Palestine + 100, published in 2019 by independent publisher Comma Press, asks twelve Palestinian writers—living in Gaza, the West Bank, and the diaspora—to creatively respond to a provocation that ...
Best of 2023 in Australian Reading

Best of 2023 in Australian Reading

Alex Gerrans, Rosie Ofori Ward, Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Imogen Dewey
Four of Meanjin's finest book critics look back on their favourite reading of 2023 ...