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This is not an easy book to read It is both distressing and elliptical It brushes ast moments of trauma and you expect the big reveal and then it turns away and heads in another direction There are moments of lyrical beauty there is horror there are awkward angry shattered just trying to live characters Nothing is simple Nothing is heartwarming Your effort will be repaid Holy Shit Bravo Australian emerging writers First novel How can Girl At War be so acclaimed when this book existsGive him all the Australian Awards and get the Americans and Europeans onto him ASAP To be honest I m still recovering from finishing this book It sucked me in and churned me up then spat me out I felt I had to scrape myself off the floor and iece myself together again It really is an extraordinary novel by an extremely talented writerPatric uses images and characters like intricate building blocks to build a monument to human experience and then uses words like a wrecking ball He constructs and devastates in eual measure Blisters you then heals you then scrapes off the scabPatric gathers various elements together the extraordinary cinematic works of graffiti by the mysterious Dr Graffito the suburban setting ersistent surfacing of Gender and Multiculturalism poetry and the cast of characters that include a foolishsychologist Dickens a broken wife Suzana a monster like dog and a ruthless femme fatale lover Tammie and then layers them like transparent x ray films merging to create a kind of 3 D optical illusion shimmering and bold and jumping out at you Emotional hyperbole is absent here Patric eschews ulling your heart strings with the ast instead he Mourning Child Grief Support Group Curriculum punches you in the face Jovan and Suzana s flailing marriage their menial existence in Melbourne after escaping the trauma of the Bosnian war A mop and bucket of dirty water wielded by Jovan in his job as cleaner in the hospital can be used by Patric to convey the nihilisticost traumatic mindset of Judgment Day (Time of Judgment Trilogy, protagonistowerfully than any long winded description of warPatric uses the A Full Scholarship (Sex Powers University 1) power ofresent tense writing which untethers the reader and allows you to experience the story moment by moment This gives a noir like flavour to the strange mystery but also allows the weight of the Summer Break (Gods at Eighteen 3) past to be like a shadow cast behind Jovan and Suzanna and as werogress thought the narrative the shadow gets longer and longer Reflected through Dr Graffito s elaborate art installation like vandalism at the hospital is all the heartache Gone Cold poetry and grief that Jovan wears like his work overalls Patric employs words events setting and characters to form arism reflecting the inner life of Jovan and Suzanna without the need for any clumsy exposition or sentimentality The result is an intense intimacy with these characters Suburbia becomes surreal nihilist hopeful macabre frightening and beautiful The novel hinges on the oignant brilliance of the idea that the. Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war the limits of choice and the hope of love During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan’s cleaning work at
Obliteration of the graffiti by Jovan in his menial work somehow sueezes the oetry from his ast life to erupt in his mind like us from a imple The erasing of one oem revealing another For me overall this book was a love story about difficult long term love that shares unimaginable heartbreak and grief but carries on A resilience that can be by turns Mama Ds pasta pizza perverse and admirable It s about how language and words in many contexts can affect our lives in the most vital of ways About repression of grief and desire that simmers under the surface of seemingly everyday lives About what happens when lives are built up destroyed and try to rebuild themselves again Which is what AS Patric does to us the reader within eacharagraph just to show you the truth so you can experience it too being built up and destroyed by words The Pain of WordsThat s Patric with an accent over the c The Expected One (Magdalene Line Trilogy, pronounced something like Patrich I assume that the author like the characters in his debut novel winner of Australia s Miles Franklin Award is an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia or at least the son of one The title links Black Rock an area of Melbourne to White City which is apparently the literal translation of Belgrade Patric srotagonist Jovan Brakochevich works as a janitor in a Melbourne hospital his wi I Betty Fedora Issue One picked this up initially because it is short listed for the Miles Franklin award and I was curious I m not really sure what to make of it and I don t think I really enjoyed it Mostly it was a depressing read I supp This is a new Australian novel about a Serbian couple who have migrated after the Bosnian war Jovan formeroet and academi A husband and wife flee Sarajevo to find hope in Melbourne They are traumatized by war Once in their new country they remain locked in limited and trapped The story follows their thoughts about this new life as contrasted to their memories Separately they take their knowledge and use their instincts in an effort to find a way forward This can be hazardous but always a Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work preferable option to what they left behind Theylace limits on themselves while coming to realise it s Jazz Ukulele perhaps unwise to allow others tolace their free choice self expression and destiny under the lock and key of others They exist both needing to wait until the moment Off 13 presents itself to remember who they are and what they mean to each other To wait is a skill To hesitate is a mistake To know when to act that is their lifetime s work 35This book was tough in many ways not least of which is how to fairly review it Reading it completed a goal I had set for myself of reading the five books making up the 2016 Miles Franklin shortlist Looking back I see I have resolutely given these books fairly ho hum reviews which would seem to suggest that this list was not my best route into Australian fiction this year On thelus side I do think Black Rock White City is the. Bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly malevolent For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away disl.
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Correct winner as it Amata Means Beloved pushed my reading boundaries and had sustained sections of writing I really enjoyed HoweverThe narrative choices made often bedevilled me Consisting of what I would call disjointed slice of life vignettes interspersed with grim half recalled flashbacks from a life in Belgrade and an odd storyline involving a kind of malevolent Banksie type artist stalking the hallways of Sandringham hospital It didn t really feel complete as a novel to me or rather as immersive as I would have liked and yet I admired it inarts The characters at its core Jovan and his wife Suzana represent a heartbreaking immigrant experience the snippets of back story you get are compelling and I was impressed by Patric s decision to take a reader right up to a violent episode but then write Do not visualise the details Do not try to imagine what husband and wife may or may not have thought or felt As those images on television broadcasts could not fully enetrate the minds of Suzana and Jovan or anyone watching anywhere else at the time so no one will ever know anything of this experience Although a very different style of novel a good companion to this book maybe Aminatta Forma s The Hired Man as it also is a uiet reflection on eople s lives Juice post the Yugoslav wars of the 90sThis section inarticular reminded me of that novel war is hard to disguise as anything other than the Devil himself Turning mailmen barbers greengrocers electricians and taxi drivers into dismembering demons Burning up entire generations of men as if their souls were made of hay The Devil was never a comic book character with a red face and small horns Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band protruding from his skull he is a force as real as gravity raging through the minds of men with the fires of HellI realise how conflicted I am on this book its terse unevenrose sometimes unwieldy Gudrun poetry elliptical and often oddly fantasticallot and yet and yetI am Mob Mistress pleased it won I m off to Melbourne to catch up with My Friend Jarrod next month and what better way to ready myself than to indulge in new Melbourne fiction And my goodness What fiction this is Five oh five oh five glorious and shining stars Mr Poetic PatricHe can t speak to any of it because it isn t about words any It s about another existence Neither of them is sure about theresent but this is some kind of afterlife 17On the surface the book is about Serbian immigrants Jovan and Suzana and their life in Melbourne In Serbia he was a Professor of Literature In Melbourne he cleans the evil scrawl of Dr Graffito off hospital walls Beneath the story Patric investigates the relationship between a husband and wife who have experie WORTHY WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARDI am such a fussy reader that 4 stars is very high Stud in the Stacks praise for me Stunning is the word that seems to describe the experience of reading such a realortrait of several damaged but resilient soul. Odge the Choosing to Survive poetry of theast He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children Intensely human yet majestic in its moral visi.
A S Patric is an award winning writer and author of Black Rock White City listed as one of the best novels of 2015 by The Australian and The Australian Book Review It has been highly commended by the judges of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2016 He is also the author of Las Vegas for Vegans a story collection shortlisted in the 2013 ueensland Literary Awards His debut book is The