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Topic: Bernhard Schlink

Melbourne Writers Festival diary 2009 part six: like a mother to a son

‘We were all feeling a bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it being a night of no small expenditure.’ – Alex, A Clockwork Orange (film version). I slept in and I’m running late for things but I would never forget about ye, droogs. Wednesday night I hosted cocktails at Match Bar in the city. We […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part five: words like triangles (a further experiment in the confessional)

This post is a creative, experimental mash-up of personal experience plus one of the poems Bernhard Schlink read on Sunday 23 August in RMIT Capitol Theatre, in a session called ‘Pleasure and Pain: Poetry and the Body’ at Melbourne Writers Festival. The poem is called ‘Ballad of the Outer Life’ or ‘Ballade des auBeren Lebens’, and is by […]

It begins! Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part one: champagne, the city, Mieville’s guns, Amsterdam’s awards and Schlink’s guilt

Thursday 20/8 The elevator ride up to the Text Publishing par-tay on Thursday evening was devastatingly long (I’m a semi-claustrophobe, to add to my other semi-disorders). I met up with Kathy Charles beforehand (a Text author) to discuss my launching of her book, Hollywood Ending. The champagne flowed, the conversations were half-chewed like the piece […]

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink – an ‘Off the Shelf’ book review with travel commentary

Translated by Carol Brown Janeway, Phoenix, 1997, 9780753804704 (Aus, US)  The Reader was experienced traveling by train through Europe, and recalled when faced with the ‘Topography of Terror’ monument in Berlin (the site of the SS headquarters), and Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam. It is a coming of age story simply told. Michael becomes involved with […]