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Datsunland / Stephen Orr
Bib ID 7332107
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Orr, Stephen, 1967- author
 
Description Mile End, South Australia : Wakefield Press, 2017 
©2017 
294 pages ; 21 cm 
ISBN 9781743054758 (paperback)
Summary

A long-deserted drive-in, waiting for a rerun of the one story that might give it life; a child who discovers his identity in a photograph hidden in his parents' room ...Stephen Orr's stories are happy to let you in, but not out. In Datsunland, his characters are outsiders peering into worlds they don't recognise, or understand: an Indian doctor arriving in the outback, discovering an uncomfortable truth about the Australian dream; a family trying to have their son's name removed from a Great War cowards' list; a confused teenager with a gun making an ad for an evangelical ministry. Each story is set in a place where, as Borges described, 'heaven and hell seem out of proportion'. There is no easy escape from the world's most desperate car yard, or the school with a secret that permeates all but one of the fourteen stories in Datsunland. Here is a glimpse of inner lives, love, the astonishment of being ourselves.

Full contents
  • Dr Singh's despair
  • The shot-put
  • The one-eyed merchant
  • A descriptive list of the birds native to Shearwater, Australia
  • The keeping of Miss Mary
  • Guarding the pageant
  • Akdal ghost
  • The Barmera drive-in
  • The confirmation
  • The Adult World Opera
 
Subjects Short stories, Australian.  |  Australian

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