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Post-Colonial : a Récit
Author: John Kinsella
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 1 January 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0
Post-colonial is a poetic and wildly experimental account of cultural intrusion and appropriation from one of Australia's finest and most prolific writers. Questioning what it is that constitutes nation and place, particularly in reference to Australia itself, Kinsella's narrator travels to the Cocos Islands to collect oral histories.
Disaffected and unsure of his own role there, and cast adrift upon an ocean of his own dependencies, the narrator offers not only a fragmented tale of crisis, but also a sophisticated exploration of issues of history and self-determination among the local Cocos Malay of Home Island and the non-Cocos Malay foreigners of West Island.
Post-colonial is also a novel about how we read so-called post-colonial texts. It is a work in which time frames and time signatures shift, events are retold, and the reader is led to ask questions about the nature of history itself. Ranging from the natural' and real to the fantastical, the narrative is in constant flux. History is erased, lost, reclaimed, and restated.
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