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Issue 32 | March 1998

Volume 8 | Number 1 | Issue 32 | March 1998   Jane Stafford dishes up a taste of Writers and Readers Week smorgasbord: “Part wish-list, part pragmatics” (comment) Tony Beyer: Miroslav Holub: the deconstruction of illusion Geraldine Harcourt: “Dark…
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Editorial – Issue 32

Adding to the cultural capital As New Zealand Books moves into its eighth year of existence and a new editorial regime, it can be said to have demonstrated some important things. One is that, under Colin James’s enterprising editorship, it…
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Letters – Issue 32

Not Wellington-based “All three of the Institute of Policy Studies books are by Wellington-based authors. Some sound scholarship and knowledge can be found in New Zealand universities other than Victoria.” The second of these assertions by Ramesh Thakur in his…
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Writers and Readers Week: Part wish-list, part pragmatics, Jane Stafford

Inhabitants of Wellington are in danger of terminal smugness. A recent North and South article has extolled the capital as a place of culture, excitement, physical beauty and energy. Though the accolade the Melbourne of the South Pacific may seem…
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Miroslav Holub: the deconstruction of illusion, Tony Beyer

As well as appearing in periodicals in the United Kingdom, some of the earliest English versions of the Czech poet Miroslav Holub were first published in the New Zealand Monthly Review and Landfall in translations by Ian Milner. There followed…
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“Dark tangles” brought to light: the fiction of Yuki Tsushima, Geraldine Harcourt

The New York Times Book Review, among others, has called Yuko Tsushima “one of the most important writers of her generation” in Japan. I translate her fiction more for the pleasure it gives me as a reader, but I hope…
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Art in the Post-Shoah World: The Fiction of Anne Michaels, Alexander Hart

Aharon Appelfeld, the distinguished Israeli writer and survivor, notes that “[a]rtistic expression after the Holocaust seems repugnant, disgusting. The pain and suffering called either for silence or for wild outcries.” However, silence, no matter how tentatively suggested as a possible…
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One of the best, Hugh Roberts

Ursula Bethell. Collected Poems. [Revised edition] Vincent O‘Sullivan (ed) Victoria University Press $24.95 ISBN 0 86473 307 0 One of the reasons we keep reading good writers – and Bethell is one of the best – is because every time…
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A L Kennedy: Original Bliss, Alan Riach

Of the new wave of Scottish novelists, A L Kennedy might seem at first glance the least sensational. The .grid excesses of Trainspotting (inevitably glamorised in film and media promotion) brought notoriety to Irvine Welsh; the ruthless revisions of the…
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Conflict makes news, Bill Southworth

Shaping the News: Waitangi Day on Television Sue Abel Auckland University Press $34.95 ISBN 1 86940 176 X The first iron law of commercial television is: keep them watching. As a result television news is determined to make it more…
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