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How to speak of the searing, unpindownable power that the past - ours, our family's, our culture's - wields in the present? In five long sections, Maria Tumarkin's AXIOMATIC tells true and intimate stories of a community dealing with the extended aftermath of a suicide, a grandmother's quest to kidnap her grandson to keep him safe, one community lawyer's battle inside and against the justice system, the effects of multi-generational trauma, and the history of the author's longest friendship. In writing that is inventive, bold, and generous, AXIOMATIC is a brilliantly inventive exploration of the forces that shape our culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 125 x 197 x 25mm | 294g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1913097110
  • 9781913097110
  • 14,993

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`Maria Tumarkin's shape-shifting AXIOMATIC deploys all the resources of narrative, reportage and essay. It is a work of great power and beauty.' - Pankaj Mishra, GUARDIAN
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About Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin is a writer and cultural historian. She is the author of three previous books: TRAUMASCAPES, COURAGE, AND OTHERLAND. Her most recent work, AXIOMATIC, won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Best Writing Award. Tumarkin collaborates with visual artists, audio creatives, psychologists, and historians, and holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne, where she teaches in the creative writing program.
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526 ratings
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