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Permafrost

S J Norman

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Queensland Univ. Press
28 September 2021
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Visual and performance artist, and winner of the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Manuscript Award, SJ Norman turns their hand to fiction with spectacular results.

This brilliant collection of short fiction explores the shifting spaces of desire, loss and longing. Inverting and queering the gothic and romantic traditions, each story represents a different take on the concept of a haunting or the haunted. Though it ranges across themes and locations - from small-town Australia to Hokkaido to rural England - Permafrost is united by the power of the narratorial voice, with its auto-fictional resonances, dark wit and swagger.

Whether recounting the confusion of a child trying to decipher their father and stepmother's new relationship, the surrealness of an after-hours tour of Auschwitz, or a journey to wintry Japan to reconnect with a former lover, Permafrost unsettles, transports and impresses in equal measure.
By:   S J Norman
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 16mm
Weight:   290g
ISBN:   9780702263422
ISBN 10:   0702263427
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   28 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

SJ Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist and writer. During the course of an eighteen-year career, he has worked extensively in Australia and internationally, with recent major commissions including the Biennale of Sydney, Performance Space New York, Dark Mofo, Venice International Performance Week, Melbourne Festival and the 2021 National Indigenous Art Triennial, to name a few. In addition to his practice as an independent artist, he is the founder and co-curator (with his collaborator, Joseph M Pierce) of the Indigenous-led experimental art festival, Knowledge of Wounds, inaugurated in New York City/Lenapehoking in 2020. He has received numerous awards for his art, including a Sidney Myer Fellowship and an Australia Council Fellowship. His writing has been published in literary journals such as Meanjin, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and Cultural Studies Review. He has won or been placed in numerous literary awards, including being the winner of the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award, as well as shortlistings in The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction, the ABR/Elizabeth Jolley Award for Short Story and the Peter Blazey Fellowship. SJ was born on Gadigal land and since 2006 has been based between Australia, Europe and the continent referred to by many First Nations peoples as Turtle Island (USA).

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