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Hard Joy

Life and Writing

Susan Varga



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31 May 2022
Susan Varga's memoir covers a varied life across seven decades, circling between Australia and Europe, activism and seclusion, everyday life and the writing life.

This compelling memoir of Susan Varga's life spans seven decades and circles between Australia and Europe, activism and seclusion, everyday life and the writing life.

She was born into war-torn Budapest but her family escaped loss and trauma to make a new life in Sydney. Susan makes another escape, from the narrow confines of suburbia into the arms of the exciting and contradictory world of the Sydney Push. As a young woman she lives in London, Paris, Bendigo and Holland, before returning to Sydney, keen to take part of Gough Whitlam's reformist agenda, in a powerful time of change.

Yet Susan also spends a long time lost in the wilderness, wrestling with the raft of dilemmas of the life of a woman. When she finally commits to the demands and joys of writing, and to a surprising love, her life assumes a new harmony. Fate then intervenes to throw up major challenges, testing her will to re-find the hard joys of life.

In this memoir, Susan Varga moves through the intersections between her own life and the wider world, with an incisive portrait of our times.
Imprint:   UPSWELL
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 151mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   438g
ISBN:   9780645247916
ISBN 10:   064524791X
Pages:   270
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Susan Varga was born in Hungary and came to Australia when she was five. She has published numerous books including Heddy and Me, Happy Families and Headlong. Rupture, her first book of poetry, was published in 2016. Susan was co-founder of Rural Australians for Refugees.

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