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Whatever you call it—memoir, personal essay, biography, life stories—there is insatiable hunger for the stories of real people facing impossible odds, or dealing with the mundanity of life. Such is Life showcases many such tales, and explores the way these narratives help us make sense of the world, despite conflicts about privacy, truth and perspective.
Some of the hunger for these stories comes from social networking, which makes connection easier and constant. Is this a culture that welcomes difference, or one that that threatens to reduce identity to formulaic ‘likes’ and consumer profiling?
The best personal stories provide insights—but sometimes at considerable cost. With contributions from Australia’s leading writers, this edition of Griffith Review features memoir, essays and fiction that investigate how we understand ourselves, each other and the web of life surrounding us.
‘This edition of the always-excellent Griffith Review is essential reading…This is a small literary magazine that amazingly – it is now in its eighth year – keeps getting better.’
‘Contains many fine examples of memoir…the 33rd number of Griffith Review is as engaging as it is prescient.’
‘In this volume the Griffith writers look inward and backwards to gain some fresh insight into not only their own lives but the lives of us all…As always, the stories shimmer with a polished glow, delivering flawless prose and the most flawed thing of all: our pasts…Once again, Griffith has produced a stunning volume of excellent work. The pieces are diverse, the stories unique and real. But one thing remains constant – superb writing.
‘Fresh and intelligent…an excellent testament to the literary and political significance of life writing.’