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Small Acts of Disappearance

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by Fiona Wright

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/2015

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Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the author’s affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years.

Longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize
Winner of the 2016 Kibble Literary Award 

Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and by an awareness of the empowering effects of hunger, which is unsparing in its consideration of the author’s own actions and motivations.

The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wright’s life, at university, where she finds herself in a radically different social world to the one she grew up in, in Sri Lanka as a fledgling journalist, in Germany as a young writer, in her hospital treatments back in Sydney.

They combine research, travel writing, memoir, and literary discussions of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Glück deal with anorexia and addiction; together with accounts of family life, and detailed and humorous views of hunger-induced situations of the kind that are so compelling in Wright’s poetry.

ISBN:
9781922146939
9781922146939
Category:
Memoirs
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-09-2015
Publisher:
Giramondo Publishing
Dimensions (mm):
198x128mm
Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney.

Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Award.

Her first poetry collection, Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre.

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  • A stellar essay collection

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    Fiona Wright gives us, in this collection of essays, an unflinching survey of the mental landscape of hunger. Told with the delicacy of a poet and raw honesty, these essays take us not only into her experiences with a chronic illness. But also the way that her illness has been represented across literature and meditates on why bright, high achieving girls fall prey to their own competitive and perfectionist urges. I highly recommend this book to any lovers of fine writing.