keywords: Primo Levi

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Echoes of Auschwitz in Manus memoir

    • Brian Matthews
    • 27 March 2019
    6 Comments

    Like Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi in his works, Behrouz Boochani's No Friend but the Mountains exemplifies among many other things 'the possibilities of human decency' despite the Manus prison's squalor. Like George Orwell in another time and place, he is buoyed by hope in irrepressible nature.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Prisoners of their own stories

    • Brian Matthews
    • 25 July 2016
    10 Comments

    Holocaust survivor Primo Levi wrote If This is a Man to carry out what he saw as the critical task of bearing witness, and he became one of the greatest writers of the 20th century as he continued to bear witness one way and another in later books. Some day, one of Australia's asylum seekers will, like Levi and with the same sense of dread and horror, tell his or her story to ensure that someone bears witness; and to confirm that all of us are implicated.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    My refugeeness

    • Kim Huynh
    • 17 November 2010
    7 Comments

    My father would harbour a modern sense of can-do-ism and irreverence for tradition throughout his life. It was his vision of a new and better world along with the conviction that his sons had no future in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, that drove us on to that horribly overcrowded boat in 1979.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Forgiving genocide

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 14 May 2010
    3 Comments

    During the massacre Rurangwa's grandmother was murdered mid-prayer, various family members called to god for help, while the killers, fellow parishioners of the local church, struck their machetes until faith fell with precious bodies into a pile.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iraq's Asia Cup victory hides reality of ungovernable society

    • Scott Stephens
    • 08 August 2007
    5 Comments

    The press coverage of Iraq’s surprise victory in the Asian Cup final was — as Ernst Bloch might have put it — full of utopian sentiment. The win was, admittedly, a remarkable achievement, but one that hardly accounted for the sheer exuberance of the outpoured emotion that followed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Waiting

    • Morag Fraser
    • 05 July 2006

    At a time like this, when the world—literally the whole world—waits on words, it is bracing to hear hope extolled, and exhilarating to think hard about the foundations of peace and how we might lay them down.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sounding the syllables

    • Brooke Davis
    • 14 May 2006

    A new Australian film examines the powerful role of poetry in times of oppression.    

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  • AUSTRALIA

    More powerful and more lofty passions

    • Christine Williams
    • 11 May 2006

    Christine Williams meets Peter Garrett.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Bearing witness

    • Kirsty Sangster
    • 08 May 2006

    Kirsty Sangster looks at the effectiveness of truth commissions.    

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Forgiving and forgetting

    • Denis Tracey
    • 29 April 2006

    Gavan Daws’s Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of World War II in the Pacific prompts some reflection from Denis Tracey.

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    The book or the world?

    • Sarah Kanowski
    • 23 April 2006

    Margaret Dooley Award Winner, 2005: Sarah Kanowski argues that reading is a moral practice.  

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  • MARGARET DOOLEY AWARD

    Remembering Etty

    • Kirsty Sangster
    • 21 April 2006

    Kirsty Sangster recalls a Holocaust survivor.    

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