Amanda Lohrey’s new novel, The Conversion, poses questions that matter to how we read, write and live now – through a couple’s renovation of a church into a home.
Is social justice advanced by focusing on people’s different identities? Or is this worldview ultimately a trap?
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Christos Tsiolkas’s new novel is more interested in individuals and our influences on one another than on Australia’s social problems.
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In Intercourse, Andrea Dworkin set out to expose the power dynamics underpinning sexual relationships. Her book was pilloried in the 1980s, but many of her ideas no longer look so radical.
Pictures of Sameeh Nadi and Esam Bashar in mock coffins representing Palestinian journalists killed during the war in Gaza, Ramallah, West Bank, November 7 2023.
Wars in Gaza and Ukraine have led to increased numbers of journalists being killed, and this is bad news for everyone.
Rapids on the Franklin River, Tasmania.
In Question 7, Richard Flanagan writes of the contingencies of history, and troubles the distinction between truth and fabrication.
Yanis Varoufakis speaking in Rome, November 12, 2022.
Traditional capitalists are still flourishing, but according to Yanis Varoufakis they are not driving the economy like they used to.
Brighton Jetty, Adelaide.
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The narrative of Temperance is built around two disappearances, which traumatically affect the lives of a woman and her children.
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From a longlist of 12, six novels have been shortlisted for the 2023 Booker prize.
Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers of the Flower Moon.
David Grann’s account of a sensational murder investigation, the basis for Martin Scorsese’s latest film, delves into the mythologies of the old Wild West
Some see Elon Musk as an idiot savant; others think of him simply as an idiot. How did an unelected citizen come to wield such power?
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The narrator of Charlotte Wood’s new novel has shed her life to live with nuns. The world intrudes in the form of COVID, a mouse plague and recovered bones, delivered by someone from her past.
A pro-Palestinian activist in the U.K.
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The slogan has been attacked as ‘antisemitic’ and defended as a ‘call for freedom.’ Behind the controversy is decades of usage.
The Slovenian philosopher is one of the world’s most famous thinkers. But what does he actually stand for?
Sad Bad Girl novels combine the haplessness of Bridget Jones with the despair of Sally Rooney. Liz Evans assesses a ‘buzzy’ debut within the genre and a #MeToo novel that refreshingly defies categories.
Pi O is known for his wit and irreverence. His anarchism, reflexive anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism are all part of the deal.
Dante’s Inferno – Joseph Anton Koch, detail from Cassa Massimo fresco (c.1825).
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Let Us Descend is concerned with the neglected lives of the the poor, the despised, the dark, those barely scraping a living, but cannot capture the collective experience of slavery.
A portrait of Bennelong, pre 1806, attributed to George Charles Jenner and William Waterhouse and on right, Captain Arthur Phillip, 1786, painted by Francis Wheatley.
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The heated debate around the Voice referendum demonstrated Australian history is still up for grabs. So Kate Fullagar’s new book, Bennelong and Phillip, is both critical and timely.
Page from a 19th-century illustrated Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhagavad Gita.
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What constitutes righteous action in the face of moral ambiguity and the inevitability of violence? This question is at the heart of The Bhagavad Gita.
In The Idealist, the machinations of the Australian government become a sinister backdrop to what seems to be a story of liberation.