- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
The Circle and the Equator
In the dying days of the Russian Empire, a Scottish sound recordist disappears into the Caucasus mountains; a former hero of the Algerian resistance experiments with traditional Chinese medicine; a French anatomical artist models disfigured soldiers returned from the Crimea; in 1960s Poland, a grandmother hatches a plan when a Hollywood star comes to town; during the war in Vietnam, fate and superstition guide a Filipino cook toward a new vocation; in Weimar Berlin, a young man’s efforts to rehabilitate himself are derailed by a charismatic artist...
Confronting, moving, and brilliantly original, Kyra Giorgi’s fascinating stories loop through time and place to delve into the lives of those caught at the articulation points of history. Deftly balancing the personal and the political with the historical and the medical, they explore the impact of conflict, the ethics of treatment and care, and the lengths to which we will go to preserve who we are.
Won - 2017 Steele Rudd Award (Queensland Literary Awards)
Praise for The Circle and the Equator:
Consistently original and memorable.DAVID SORNIG, THE ADELAIDE REVIEW
The cumulative effect is one of freshness. Giorgi is a deft bowerbird, picking through the immensity of history for small, shiny things. The Circle and the Equator is an intriguing debut.ED WRIGHT, THE AUSTRALIAN
A clever and thought-provoking look at human nature and our past and an original and fresh voice in Australian fiction.MARIA ALESSANDRINO, BOOKS+PUBLISHING
A striking debut.DOROTHY JOHNSTON, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD