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Adelaide

by Kerryn Goldsworthy
Paperback
Publication Date: 01/11/2020
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Any place you have experienced first-hand is a museum of memory, one whose exhibits conjure up, in widening ripples of association, a whole city: a red paddle-boat, a photograph of three childern on a hot day, a marble Venus fetchingly half-naked in the shade.

A painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert tickets, tourist maps...

Kerryn Goldsworthy's acclaimed Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of objects, iconic and everyday. Adelaide navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They paint a lively portrait of her home city - as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, travelled to and from, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors - but mainly as it exists in her memory and imagination.

Now with a new Afterword in which Goldsworthy ponders ten years of changes and revelations since Adelaide was first published in 2011 including, inevitably, the record-breaking heat of a 46.6 degree day.

ISBN:
9781742237060
9781742237060
Category:
Travel & holiday guides
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
01-11-2020
Publisher:
NewSouth Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
178x110mm

"For in many ways, Goldsworthy's impressively subtle and even-handed book is both a product of and a tribute to those same contradictions, demanding readers look beyond Adelaide's often deceptive surfaces and understand the hidden currents that have shaped its deeply idiosyncratic culture. Like its predecessors in NewSouth's cities series, Goldsworthy's book is as much personal essay as public document, a reflection on memory and place exploring the complex bonds that tie us to the places we call home, the profusion of images and sensations and memories that constitute our understanding, not just of where we came from, but of who we are."
The Sydney Morning Herald 

"Adelaide is a text that will give visitors, both actual and armchair, real insight into this city, a navigational device with which they may discern the complex map of narratives and sensibilities that lies beneath the simple geometry of the Adelaide grid....Adelaide is a work of dazzling beauty and clarity that provides the reader with a vision of this city as unique and profound as any that has helped to shape it."
The Adelaide Review

"Kerryn Goldsworthy's clearly evident affection for Adelaide does not blind her to the less than loveable features of a provincial capital still groping its way toward proper cityhood. She is good on the founding fathers, into whom she breathes surprising life, and on Adelaide's plentiful cultural offerings; she has some pungent remarks on its stifling summer heat. Her prose is rich and effortless, suffused with memories of her own childhood and youth. Her book will be a boon to discerning visitors, and has much to teach the locals too."
JM Coetzee

Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kerryn Goldsworthy is a writer, critic and former university lecturer who has won two national awards for her writing. She has lived in Adelaide for a total of 36 years: she was educated at Adelaide Girls' High School and the University of Adelaide, and has been a regular columnist for the Adelaide Review, a regular presenter at Adelaide Writers' Week, and a soprano in the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus

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