This Crazy Thing a Life is the first comprehensive study of the three hundred book-length autobiographies written by Australian Jews.
Ranging from humble self-published monographs to acclaimed narratives by professional writers like Lily Brett, Jacob Rosenberg and Arnold Zable. Freadman offers superbly nuanced readings of major works.
He also surveys the field as a whole, tracing demographic trends, recurrent themes, the impact of the Holocaust, and issues of gender, genre, testimony, truth-telling and literary value. There are accessible discussions of humanist and postmodern approaches to Holocaust memoir, migrant narrative and ethnic minority writing, together with background information about Judaism and the Australian Jewish diaspora.
This rich and impassioned book makes an important contribution to our understanding of Australian Jewish lives.
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