Inside Outside: Life between two worlds

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Allen & Unwin, Jan 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 238 pages
On a freezing November day in 1946, Andrew Riemer, then a 10-year-old with mumps, left a bomb-scarred Budapest on his way to Australia. In 1990, just a few days before Christmas, he returns to the city of his birth where, amid the decay of a world waking from totalitarian rule, he tries to reconstruct the past from shreds of memory and family myth.

In the years between, his career had taken him from being an expert in French-knitting, a skill acquired when, unable to speak English, he was put in a class for intellectually handicapped children, to Sydney University, where he taught English Literature.

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Riemer, a thoughtful Australian critic and professor (English/Sydney Univ.), turns to autobiography, presenting a literate, considered work with a curious evasion. Born in Budapest in 1936 to well-to ... Read full review

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Andrew Riemer is a well-known critic, academic and bestselling author, and is the Sydney Morning Herald chief book reviewer. He is the winner of several literary awards and he taught at Sydney University for many years. His books include The Habsburg Cafe, Sandstone Gothic, Hughes and A Family History of Smoking.

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