The Australian Disease on the Decline of Love and the Rise of Non-Freedom: Short Black 1

Author(s): Richard Flanagan

Essays

Non-freedom to the Western mind is inevitably linked with images of backwardness - Soviet tractors, East German Trabants, Kim Jong Il's haircut. But non-freedom these days is also iPads, iPhones and a dazzling array of less iconic but ubiquitous consumer goods that flood our stores, our homes and which increasingly are used to define our ideas of worth and happiness. It is a full-lipped smile achieved with the aid of collagen made from skin flensed from dead Chinese convicts.
The Australian Disease is Richard Flanagan's perceptive, hilarious, searing expose of the conformity that afflicts our public life. From Weary Dunlop to Vassily Grossman, from David Hicks to Craig Thomson, Flanagan takes us on a wildly entertaining and unsettling trip. If we are to find hope, he says, we must take our compass more from ourselves and less from the powerful.
Short Blacks are gems of recent Australian writing - brisk reads that quicken the pulse and stimulate the mind
Richard Flanagan's most recent novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize."


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General Fields

  • : 9781863957618
  • : Schwartz Publishing Pty, Limited
  • : Black Inc.
  • : September 2015
  • : 181mm X 115mm X 7mm
  • : Australia
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Flanagan
  • : Paperback
  • : 1015
  • : en
  • : 70