Monthly Archives: November 2014

‘Little Nicholas’: Triumph of the Picaresque

Onto the swiftly changing, hyper-ventilating, chaotic and deeply corrupted stage of Spanish politics, a new figure has emerged: twenty-year-old law student and conservative think-tank member Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias, known popularly as ‘Little Nicholas’. In spite – or perhaps because … Continue reading

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The Art of Forgetting

The Art of Forgetting: some thoughts on Australia’s reconciliation process, and Spain’s buried civil war. From work in progress…   “To hide the violence, it is necessary to hide the history,” argued Henry Reynolds at the turn of the century, … Continue reading

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Little Muzorewi

Written a decade ago, the short story Little Muzorewi sat around ignored for a number of years until it had the great good fortune to fall into the hands of Patrick Allington, then fiction editor at the literary magazine Etchings, published … Continue reading

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1975: Whitlam and Franco

   For both Spain and Australia, 1975 was a singular year. In Spain, it was marked by the death of General Franco and in Australia by the fall of the Whitlam government. For one, the death of a conservative dictator; … Continue reading

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