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Site-specific ghetto-centricities, David Eggleton

What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? Alan Duff Vintage, $29.95, ISBN 1 86941 310 5 Alan Duff makes good copy: he’s a phenomenon. If he didn’t exist it would be necessary to invent him. Duff, the Hemingwayesque bare-knuckle bruiser from the…
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Iain Sharp: Beyond the pale

State Ward Alan Duff Random House, $17.95 I realise that almost everyone is bone-weary by now of the wrangling over the Faber Book of Contemporary South Pacific Stories and its shameful “Note on Absences”. All the same, I cannot resist…
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Heed the tale, not the teller, Ruth Brown

One Night Out Stealing Alan Duff, Tandem Press, $24.95 Affluence, it seems, is vindicated. Whereas Once Were Warriors exposed the anguish of the dispossessed, One Night Out Stealing is more concerned with reassurances for the well-to-do that their good fortune…
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Dirty washing, Bruce Stewart

Once Were Warriors Alan Duff Tandem, Auckland, 1990, $35 (paperback $19.95) At last a Maori writer has managed to hang out all the dirty Maori washing with some kind of dignity and at the same time place the blame where…
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