Author Archives: Luke Stegemann

The Beautiful Obscure

My recently published book The Beautiful Obscure, on the intertwining cultural histories of Australia and Spain, is available now from Transmission Press, or selected bookshops. On the Transmission Press website there is also information on upcoming events and launches, as … Continue reading

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Geoff Page: Plevna

  Plevna: A biography in verse Geoff Page / UWA Publishing As he did in his superb collection 1953 (reviewed here), in Plevna Geoff Page has set himself the task of recovering unknown, lost or otherwise unglamorous elements of Australian history – … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Lines from Worship to Despair

This piece, published in The Melbourne Review in 2013, reviewed the Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain.   Lines from Worship to Despair Coming on the heels of 2012’s masterpieces from Madrid’s … Continue reading

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Sawmill Towns

One of my favourite Les Murray poems is also one of his earliest. Driving Through Sawmill Towns always evokes childhood memories of passing through the town of Nimmitabel, in southern New South Wales, with its (then) continually smoking sawmill stack. … Continue reading

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Trouble on the Hour, Every Hour

My essay on the bewildering array of troubles surrounding Europe, drawing on George Friedman‘s recent book Flashpoints, is featured in the latest edition of Overland magazine. The end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc had … Continue reading

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Review: The Tsarnaev Brothers

Confusion Now Hath Made His Masterpiece The Tsarnaev Brothers: The Road to a Modern Tragedy by Masha Gessen (Scribe) Hell is a city much like London, wrote Percy Shelley as he left the choking metropolis for the romantic and revitalizing … Continue reading

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The Preservationist

In 2013 I spoke with Mexican-born, New York-based architect, conservator and perfumer Carlos Huber as he released Arquiste, a line of fragrances that re-create several key moments in European and South American history. Visiting Ibiza in his early twenties, Mexican-born Carlos … Continue reading

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