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Eyewitness Seno Gumira Ajidarma
Imprint ISBN 1 875892 27-3
144pp AU$14.95

Twelve stories and an introduction as background briefing by Seno, an Indonesian journalist who lost his position as editor of the magazine Jakarta Jakarta, for authorising the coverage of the 1991 Dili massacre. Angry at the 'arrogance of power' of the Indonesian authorities, Seno decided to record the event by means of fiction, and these twelve strange and unnerving stories resulted. Translated by Sydney academic, Jan Lingard, these stories have not been available in English before this award-winning publication.

A brave and confronting attempt to write about a traumatic event in recent Indonesian history. Seno believes that writing fiction makes it easier to reveal the way power can disavow human rights, and in his frank introduction he recounts the facts that prompted his short stories. Jan Lingard, at Sydney University, has met Seno and talked with him about the present situation in Indonesia. Her knowledge of the country and its people gives a quiet authority to her excellent translation which won the 1997 Victorian Premier's Award.

 

Tokyo No Hana - Robert Allen
Imprint ISBN 1 875892 13 3
128pp AU$14.95

Young Andrew Paton is transferred by his company to Tokyo, and takes Japanese lessons to help him learn about the new country and culture he is entering -- somewhat reluctantly. His teacher, Nakajima, teaches him more than he had at first bargained for. A secret hedonist, Nakajima is an old woman who introduces Andrew to the world of the Tokyo night people: the hostesses, the entertainers and a network of Japanese people all playing out the particular customs of their pleasure-seeking.

"This unusual first novel, the title of which translates as The Flowers of Tokyo, is a collection of anecdotes concentrating mainly on the world of Tokyo's night people.

It paints a fascinating picture of Japanese sexual mores in the 1960s from the point of view of Andrew Paton, a young Australian stationed in Tokyo, who is not shy to sample the sexual delights offered by poised and practised bar hostesses." Maria Trefely-Deutch, Sunday Telegraph.

"Allen has the easy tone of the skilled raconteur, and his stories are gentle, yet knowing. What he offers is a pleasant way of absorbing a little of the essence of Japan." Diana Giese, Australian Financial Review.

"It is a beautifully written, original book that conveys a range of human emotions within the framework of Japanese nightlife." Pamela Ruskin Australian Jewish News


 



Browning Without a Cause - Peter Corris
Imprint Blacklist ISBN 1 875892 22 2
224pp AU$12.95

The eighth -- and final -- Browning!!!

Browning is just about past it: out of work, off his horse, relying on the income of his wife. But the game's not up yet, and when Browning meets James Dean, and ends up on the set of the surly kid's latest movie, along with Rock Hudson and Liz Taylor, the movie's not the only thing likely to be shot. Fast paced, droll as always, with the bonus of movie nostalgia. From the moment James Dean roars into the picture on his 'sickle', Browning is in trouble, but the odd-couple allliance he and Dean enter into so they can both get out of hot water, provides the frame for the kind of action you can expect from a Corris book. And it's the resolution of all Browning's adventures, the final episode.

Peter Corris's characters, Browning and Cliff Hardy, are without their match in Australian writing. Following their lives is like trying to give up a habit you've become very fond of. Why bother? Corris is Sydney personified. Trained as a historian, literary editor of the National Times for a time, he is Australia's most popular crime writer, his own admiration for the books of Raymond Chandler putting him on the thriller path at an early age.

 



Kangaroo - D.H. Lawrence
Imprint Classics ISBN 1 875892 14 1
432pp illustrated AU$19.95

D.H. Lawrence's controversially biting description of Australia, written in 1922 during his three-month visit. Kangaroo is the story of Richard and Harriett Somers, who leave exhausted post-war Europe in search of a new and freer world. By the time the wandering Englishman and his wife leave Australia, the novel has discovered hope in the spirit of a tiny coastal village and the people who live there. This is the new edition of Kangaroo holds 20 line drawings from Garry Shead's D.H. Lawrence series. With an Introduction by Raymond Southall, author of Literature and the Rise of Capitalism and Literature, the Individual and Society, Lawrence's 'Australian classic' is a beautiful addition to the Lawrence canon.


On Our Selection - Steele Rudd
Imprint Classics ISBN 1 875892 33 8
256pp illustrated AU$14.95

The complete 1903 edition of the Australian short story classic that has made Dad and Dave, the Rudds of Queensland, part of our national mythology. The humour is droll, the stories wonderfully understated, and the pathos of the selector's life given all the wisdom and humour it deserves. The publication of this illustrated and fully restored edition of On Our Selection coincides with the release of the new film of Steele Rudd's stories. The introduction by Philip Butterss from the University of Adelaide gives all the background information to the story and shows the way the humour works and why Dad and Dave have had such lasting popularity.

 

 



For Love Alone - Christina Stead
Imprint Classics ISBN 1 875892 59 1
AU$16.95

Christina Stead is regarded, along with Patrick White, as one of the two most important writers Australia has produced. Born in 1902, Stead spent her formative years here, leaving in 1928 and returning in 1974 to live out her last nine years. In the time between she lived and traveled widely in Europe and America, with her husband, the novelist and political economist, William Blake, and it was during these decades that she wrote the series of novels that were to make her name.


First published in 1945, this edition is introduced by Peter Craven. Against a background of two cities, Sydney and London, For Love Alone tells the story of the passionate and independent Teresa Hawkins, who knows only one commandment - Thou Shalt Love. Obsessed by love and a sense of her own destiny, Teresa turns her back on suburban Sydney and sets off for London, pursuing the self-seeking and contemptuous Jonathon Crow. "Any man who has ever toyed with the affections of a girl who was his superior will wince at the scalpel-like treatment of male vanity." The fictional character of Teresa has its origin in Stead's own early womanhood.

It is also a novel about being an Australian colonial with a sense of the weight of culture.


Seven Poor Men of Sydney - Christina Stead
Imprint Classics ISBN 1 875892 60 5
AU$16.95

Here is Stead's first novel, originally published in 1934. Poetic and impressionistic, the seven men of the title are held together by bonds of friendship, love, poverty and the tenuous associations of their city - in this case Sydney, Australia. The characters' inner landscapes are as tangible as the city while the narrative explores the material and spiritual aspects of being in some sense 'poor', while the novel examines how the inescapable physical facts and remoteness of Australia from Europe affect the cultural and political development of its inhabitants. With an evocative introduction by Professor Margaret Harris, Stead's literary executor.


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