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

The Great Bear – a powerful story on individual freedom, respect and the myth of Ursa Major

Libby Gleeson, Armin Greder, The Great Bear Published 2010 by Walker Books (first published 1999 by Scholastic Australia), 40p   Based upon a dream Libby Gleeson had in 1995, The Great Bear is an intense story about an abused bear in a medieval circus somewhere in Europe, that has the courage to escape captivity. A… Continue reading The Great Bear – a powerful story on individual freedom, respect and the myth of Ursa Major

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