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Agamemnon's Kiss

Agamemnon’s Kiss: Selected Essays

Inga Clendinnen

  • award* Shortlisted for the Kibble Award, 2007 Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers
  • Agamemnon’s Kiss is a moving selection of essays by one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Inga Clendinnen writes about everything from the books that terrified her as a child to what history can teach us about ourselves and our own times. She describes visits to the beach and to a museum dedicated to the Holocaust. She recounts the experience of falling ill and the prospect of death. And she writes movingly about other people who have changed her own life.

    Many of the themes which are central to Clendinnen’s work are teased out in Agamemnon’s Kiss: the question of black/white relations in Australia, the way we think about the Holocaust and its perpetrators, and the investigative power of history.

    Inga Clendinnen
    About the Author

    Inga Clendinnen was born in Geelong in 1934. Her early books and scholarly articles on the Aztecs and Maya of Mexico earned her a reputation as one of the world’s finest historians. Reading the Holocaust, Tiger’s Eye and Dancing with Strangers have been critically acclaimed and won a number of local and international awards.

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    4 June 2007
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