Je suis ravi de vous faire savoir que le magazine Trouble édité à Melbourne à 20.000 exemplaires m'a confié sa nouvelle rubrique littéraire...On se retrouvera donc chaque mois dans les pages de Trouble pour évoquer en anglais d'autres aspects de la culture littéraire australienne que ceux abordés dans Panorama du roman australien des origines à nos jours (Hermann, 2009). En extrait, voici le début de l'article de ce mois:
"By living up to his reputation of being the enfant terrible of Australian fiction, Christos Tsiolkas’ books are definitely not for the fainthearted. I remember when I first read Loaded (1995), how provocative Tsiolkas was in expanding the bounds of grunge fiction into new territory with a subtle combination of graphic gay sex and ethnicity. This rather slim debut novel tells the story of a dissatisfied, nineteen-year-old gay Greek suburbanite filling the vacuity and spleen of his existence with music, drugs, sexual delight, and intoxication. Loaded has now achieved iconic status within gay culture, especially as it was further popularized by Head On (1998), Ana Kokkinos’ compelling film adaptation. The Jesus Man (1999), like many second works in the wake of an outstanding debut, fell into obscurity. Neither the freshness and sprightliness of Loaded nor the complexity and ambitiousness of Dead Europe (2005) will paper over the taboo-breaking cracks that fill the pages of these novels, especially Dead Europe which reads like a Grimm/grim fairytale with Gothic-laden aesthetics. No wonder Tsiolkas’ dark thoughts and themes (like vampirism, coprophilia, zoophilia, hustler sex, teenage prostitution, paedophilia, incestuous sex, racism and anti-Semitism) have a knack of casting a gloom over readers to the point of sometimes spoiling their appreciation of his novels."
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Adding to the weird glamour of our cover image this month by Ilona Nelson, at Big West Festival, we have a massive feature on the Outpost Project at Cockatoo Island this month, featuring works by ROA, Buff Diss and Ethos. The 3rd Australian Stencil Art Prize will announce the winner of their $2000 cash prize this Saturday at 2pm at Cockatoo Island, where 46 finalist artworks will be competing for the prize. Finalists are online now here.
Coranderrk, We Will Show The Country is a meticulously considered piece of theatre starring among others Jack Charles, Syd Brisbane, and La Mama Director Liz Jones, that dramatises an event towards the end of the 1800s, when a highly functioning, thriving aboriginal reserve near Healesville was forcibly dismantled. The Coranderrk community rebelled and the ensuing fight for justice and self-determination culminated in a unique Government Enquiry. “The minutes of this particular enquiry contained the voices of the indigenous inhabitants of the station,” says writer Giordano Nanni . “In this document they were free to express local grievances and requests for self-determination."
Liza Dezfouli interviews Giordano Nanni in November Trouble - here.
Also this issue we are introducing 3 new regular features. Jean-François Vernay kicks off his premiere Stralian Books column with a review of the career of Christos Tsiolkas, while Lifehouse Design's Robyn Gibson takes the reins for Greenwish#1. Plus, adding depth to the wafflings of Sydneon and Courtney's considerable Melburnin', we now have Taswild, this month talking about PJ Harvey and MONA FOMA.
Finally, Ben Laycock sends Greetings from Lorne where he checks out Lorne Sculpture 2011.
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