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Datsunland

Author: Stephen Orr
Publisher: Mile End, S.A. : Wakefield Press, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Australian fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Orr
ISBN: 9781743054758 1743054750
OCLC Number: 974941464
Description: 294 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Dr Singh's despair --
The shot-put --
The one-eyed merchant --
A descriptive list of the bids native to Shearwater, Australia --
The keeping of Miss Mary --
Guarding the pageant --
Akdal ghost --
The Bermera drive-in --
The confirmation --
The adult world opera --
The syphilis museum --
The shack --
The photographer's son --
Datsunland.
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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.

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