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Lost in translation : New Zealand stories

Author: Marco Sonzogni
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Vintage, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This entertaining book of fictional stories engages with the idea of ambiguity creatively. This collection reflects our society in provocative, humane and intriguing ways. Back cover Lying at the core of our interactions, words are both salves and weapons, they can be simple and fork-tongued. How we read, how we misinterpret each other, can reveal the nature of our society - its diversity, complexity and richness.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marco Sonzogni
ISBN: 1689791438 9781689791434 1869791436 9781869791438
OCLC Number: 506345701
Notes: Incorrect ISBN on title page verso.
"Written by a mix of leading New Zealand writers with diverse backgrounds, ranging from Maori to British, Irish to Polynesian, Chinese to Greek, this entertaining book of fictional stories engages creatively with the idea of ambiguity."--Back cover.
Description: 251 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Meriata and the birds / Michalia Arathimos --
Graffiti / Ben Brown --
Pawn broken / Eleanor Catton --
Ghostwriters of Popsicle City / David Eggleton --
Yinyang / Stevan Eldred-Grigg --
A delicate and lofty man / Travis Gasper --
A rock in Bondi / Briar Grace-Smith --
The master plan / Charlotte Grimshaw --
Pigeon post / Peter Hawes --
Thank you very much / Tim Jones --
Fragrance rising / Fiona Kidman --
No shadow kick / Tse Ming Mok --
Raylene, Jordan, Hinemoa and Me ... squinting our eyes against the mid-morning sun / Kelly Ana Morey --
Premises / Paula Morris --
George Clarke Junior / Sue Orr --
Daddy drops a line / Vincent O'Sullivan --
Everything you hear / Alice Tawhai --
A question of aroha / Apirana Taylor --
Ancestry / Albert Wendt.
Other Titles: Lost in translation (Sonzogni)
Responsibility: edited by Marco Sonzogni.

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This entertaining book of fictional stories engages with the idea of ambiguity creatively. This collection reflects our society in provocative, humane and intriguing ways.  Read more...

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