Bleak stuff under total control, Stephanie Johnson

The Wish Child
Catherine Chidgey
Victoria University Press, $30.00,
IBSN 9781776560622

When Dutch writer Herman Koch visited New Zealand as part of the 2016 Auckland Writers’ Festival, he expressed his belief that WWII was losing its allure as a subject for European writers. It seems that the war has been examined from every angle and every dark corner exposed to the light. There was, he thought, nothing more to say. He did not offer an opinion on whether the subject is exhausted for writers in this part of the world.

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