Where the rivers meet: new writing from Australia

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University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - Fiction - 184 pages
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More than two dozen contemporary novelists, essayists, and poets are collected in this remarkable collection of work from Australia, a complex country with a multilayered history. Among these outstanding writers is a growing number of Indigenous authors, whose voices are included here. Their stories--many of them previously untold in literature--deepen and expand our understanding of the experiences that comprise Australia's past, present, and future. Both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors in Where the Rivers Meet address their country's struggle to create a shared citizenship and sense of belonging. Some seek the key to this shared belonging in the creation of a more just relationship to the land and in issues of ownership. Others find clarity and rejuvenation in the country's harsh and beautiful wildness. Still others emphasize, in the words of Melissa Lucashenko, that we need to hear "the small, quiet stories in a human mouth" in order to truly know this land and its people.

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Contents

Not Quite White in the Head
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from Home
45
from Swallow the Air 106
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About the author (2006)

Larissa Behrendt is a professor of law in Sydney.

Barry Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams, winner of the National Book Award.

Barry Lopez's books include" Light Action in the Caribbean" (stories), "About This Life" (essays and memoir), the novella-length fable "Crow and Weasel", and "Arctic Dreams" (nonfiction), for which he received the National Book Award. He has traveled extensively in remote regions of the world, and his work has been widely translated and anthologized. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science foundations; the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the John Burroughs and John Hay medals; and other honors. He lives in rural western Oregon.

Mark Tredinnick is a poet, essayist and writing teacher. His books include The Land's Wild Music (2005) and A Place on Earth (2003). He runs acclaimed writing programmes at the University of Sydney and at writers' centres in Australia and the USA.

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