The Resource Belomor

Belomor

Label
Belomor
Title
Belomor
Statement of responsibility
Nicolas Rothwell
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
A spellbinding meditation on art and life that travels from Eastern Europe to Northern Australia, from World War II to the present. Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2014 Elegiac and seductive, Belomor is the frontier where truth and invention meet, where fragments from distant lives intermingle, and cohere. A man seeks out the father figure who shaped his picture of the past. A painter seeks redemption after the disasters of his years in northern Australia. A student of history travels into the depths of religion, the better to escape the demons in his mind. A filmmaker seeks out freedom and open space, and looks into the murk and sediment of herself. Four chapters: four journeys through life, separate, yet interwoven as the narrative unfolds. In this entrancing new book from one of our most original writers, we meet European dissidents from the age of postwar communism, artists in remote Australia, snake hunters, opal miners and desert magic healers. Belomor is a meditation on time, and loss: on how the most bitter recollections bring happiness, and the meaning of a secret rests in the thoughts surrounding it. Nicolas Rothwell is the award-winning author of Heaven and Earth, Wings of the Kite-Hawk, Another Country, The Red Highway and Journeys to the Interior. He lives in Darwin, and is the Australian's roving northern correspondent. 'Melancholy, singular, exhilarating, Belomor reads like a haunted history of the world.' Delia Falconer 'Belomor is exhilarating, challenging and draining...The existence of a final page, a final sentence, presupposes some sort of climax, but Belomor would be better suited to looping back and beginning all over again.' Adelaide Advertiser 'Rothwell's writing resists easy description. He roams the borderlands between memoir and fiction and insinuates himself into gaps between time and place...His prose is lush and often beautiful.' Weekend Australian 'At a time when writers and publishers shy away from the obscure and the oblique, Rothwell's ambition and the intricacy of his book must be acknowledged.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Thoughout these pages, Rothwell proves adept at navigating the cross-currents of European cultural history. Nevertheless, the main emphasis of Belomor falls elsewhere, on the physical, cultural and spiritual complexion of a seemingly very different world: the vast, enigmatic spaces of the north of Australia that Rothwell has traversed for many years. This frequently oblique but almost always compelling book seeks to reconcile those apparently opposed worlds, tracing subtle but significant affinities between Europe's historically determined self-consciousness and what might be called the Dreamtime.' Saturday Age, Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald 'A peculiar and bewitching work of Australian literature...a hymn of praise to the north and its inhabitants.' Herald Sun 'Rothwell's calm wondering...left me with a feeling of enchantment.' Robert Dessaix 'Spanning continents and decades, this is a work that defies literary conventions; seamlessly moving between fact and fiction, memoir and essay, history and digressive conversation...it also poses critical questions about the present and future of our culture that will stay with readers long after they finish this book.' Bill Godber, Managing Director Turnaround UK
Summary
Elegiac and seductive, Belomor is the frontier where truth and invention meet-where fragments from distant lives intermingle, and cohere. A man seeks out the father figure who shaped his picture of the past. A painter seeks redemption after the disasters of his years in northern Australia. A student of history travels into the depths of religion, the better to escape the demons in his mind. A filmmaker seeks out freedom and open space, and looks into the murk and sediment of herself. Four chapters: four journeys through life, separate, yet interwoven as the narrative unfolds. In this entrancing new book from one of our most original writers, we meet European dissidents from the age of postwar communism, artists in remote Australia, snake hunters, opal miners and desert magic healers. Belomor is a meditation on time, and loss: on how the most bitter recollections bring happiness, and the meaning of a secret rests in the thoughts surrounding it.
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Rothwell, Nicolas
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Belomor
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:e848319c-8e83-44b6-81f9-c75b866a1f75
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781921961953
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Belomor
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:e848319c-8e83-44b6-81f9-c75b866a1f75
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781921961953
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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