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Subtle use of myth, Nelson Wattie

Baby No-Eyes Patricia Grace Penguin, $29.95, ISBN 0 14 027993 8 In Writing Along Broken Lines: Violence and Ethnicity in Contemporary Maori Fiction {reviewed on p22], Otto Heim expresses surprise that writers like Patricia Grace and Witi Ihimaera have shocked…
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Mapping the citadel, Lydia Wevers

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature in English Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie (eds) Oxford University Press, $79.95 ISBN 0 19558348 5 The publication of this book should have been timed for the millennium. If there is going to…
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Reading with others, Nelson Wattie

Dem Dichter des Lesens: Gedichte für Paul Hoffmann: von Ilse Aichinger bis Zhang Zao Ed Hansgerd Delbrück Attempto Verlag, Tübingen, DM39.90, ISBN 3 89308 261 1 In a review of this book for the Swiss Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Angelika Overath…
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‘And what happened next?’ Our stories, Nelson Wattie

Dove on the Waters Maurice Shadbolt David Ling Publishing, $39.95, ISBN 0 908990 40 5 In 1959, having just left a provincial home town and moved to the astonishingly big city of Auckland, I was busy trying out various ways…
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Editorial – Issue 8

Yes, in spite of certain doomsayers, we are still here. There is a national need for a journal of this kind, and that has been perceived by some generous supporters. In this issue we are publishing the names of the…
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Travelling through time, Nelson Wattie

The New Zealanders: A Story of Austral Lands J S C Dumont-d’Urville, transl Carol Legge, Victoria University Press, $39.95 From the excellent translations of Olive Wright, even readers who prefer to avoid the pitfalls of French grammar already know that…
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Doors into recent fiction, Nelson Wattie

Vital Writing 1: New Zealand Stories & Poems, 1989-1990 Andrew Mason (ed), Godwit, Auckland, 1990, $29.95 Closing the File and Other Stories: American Express Short Story Award Winners, 1984-89, Godwit, Auckland, 1990, $24.95 New Zealand publishers love anthologies, presumably because…
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