Moving Among Strangers, Darkly

Westerly Centre; University of Western Australia
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Westerly, 2010, 1, 55 (2), pp. 110 - 119
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My study, says my partner, has transformed into a shrine to Randolph Stow. On one wall there is a photo of Stow as a stunningly handsome, James Dean-like, young man. He is looking quizzical as he gazes at the Western Australian landscape around him and appears to be wondering, as he did in so many of his books, how to make sense of his familiar, yet profoundly alien surroundings. Immediately it brings to mind-at least, brings to my mind-the first line of Tourmaline. 'I say we have a bitter heritage, but that is not to run it down.'
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