Australian artist Anne Spudvilas retells the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in a stunningly illustrated picture book

Anne Spudvilas, Swan Lake Published by Allen & Unwin in 2017, 32p   Inspired by the riverscape of the Murray-Darling where her home is, talented Australian artist Anne Spudvilas reimagines the classic ballet Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the tragic story of Odette, the princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer. There… Continue reading Australian artist Anne Spudvilas retells the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in a stunningly illustrated picture book

Australia to Z by Armin Greder: an alphabetical compilation of symbols that define modern Australia as a nation

Armin Greder, Australia to Z Published 2016 by Allen & Unwin, 32p   It is hilarious now, looking back, to remember how difficult it was in my first months in Australia, to understand and adjust to their rhythm, language (oh, they can talk fast) and lifestyle. Coming from a country where people seem to always… Continue reading Australia to Z by Armin Greder: an alphabetical compilation of symbols that define modern Australia as a nation

Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality Published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2012, 104p I know I will never be prepared to face death; but if I had to, I would like to do it the Hitchens’s way: dying but living. In 2010 Christopher Hitchens, writer, journalist, religious and literary critic, was in his hotel room… Continue reading Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Armin Greder’s The City: an expressionist story on mother-son love, over protectiveness and social isolation

Armin Greder, The City Published 2010 by Allen & Unwin, 32p   Armin Greder’s The City appeals to all senses and breaks conventions. In a distant country where winter would sometimes last three years, in a big city, there lived a woman who had a beautiful son. Contrary to all expectations, considering the theme, there… Continue reading Armin Greder’s The City: an expressionist story on mother-son love, over protectiveness and social isolation

On fear and human rights in Armin Greder’s The Island

Armin Greder, The Island Published 2008 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2002), 32p. Human rights was a constant concern along history. Often controversial this issue motivated people to be more preoccupied with their fundamental freedoms. Although there are severe violations of these rights on every continent, the need of standards and human respect is still… Continue reading On fear and human rights in Armin Greder’s The Island

Shaun Tan’s unusual sculptural reproductions of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales

Shaun Tan, The Singing Bones. Foreword by Philip Pullman Published by Allen&Unwin, 2015, 192p Fairy tales are eternal. A consistent proof is the translation of the Grimm’s tales into one hundred and sixty languages and dialects, as Jack Zipes says in his introduction for The Singing Bones. Featuring folkloric fantasy, fairy tales bring marvels into… Continue reading Shaun Tan’s unusual sculptural reproductions of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales