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Whether we're aware of it or not, we spend much of our time in this
globalised world in the act of translation. Language is a big part
of it, of course, as anyone who has fumbled with a phrasebook in a
foreign country will know, but behind language is something far
more challenging to translate: culture. As a traveller, a
mistranslation might land you a bowl of who-knows-what when you
think you asked for noodles, and mistranslations in international
politics can be a few steps from serious trouble. But translation
is also a way of entering new and exciting worlds, and forging
links that never before existed.
The first of its kind, this timely anthology brings together six contemporary Australian plays that offer a range of narratives and perspectives on asylum seekers. A vexed issue within the Australian community -- particularly among politicians, who often use asylum seekers to further their own ends -- this collection contributes to Australias ongoing discourse on unauthorised asylum seekers, immigration detention, border control and the right to belong. This eclectic collection includes CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident) by version 1.0 , a smart, ironic verbatim work that deals with the Children Overboard Affair and the SIEV X disaster; The Rainbow Dark by Victoria Carless, a surreal domestic satire about immigration detention; The Pacific Solution by Ben Eltham, which takes armchair cricket commentary as a point of departure for a farce about the Howard governments excision of migration territory; Halal-el-Mashakel by Linda Jaivin, which looks at the friendship between two detained asylum seekers; Journey of Asylum -- Waiting devised by Catherine Simmonds, a series of vignettes based upon the personal experiences of asylum seekers and refugees living in Melbourne; and Nothing But Nothing by Towfiq Al-Qady, an autobiographical play about childhood and war. With a main Introduction as well as separate introductions to each play by Editor and Drama Lecturer Dr Emma Cox, Staging Asylum recognises the crucial role that theatre has played -- and continues to play -- in one of Australias most hotly debated and urgent contemporary issues.
What do the three funniest, sexiest aliens in the universe want from Earthlings? Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, of course. Linda Jaivin, who staked her claim as the queen of close encounters with her bestseller Eat Me, introduces an even more eye-popping round of pleasure-seeking escapades with the extraterrestrials extraordinaire in Rock 'n' Roll Babes from Outer Space. Look out, because here come Baby Baby, the nymphomaniac and wannabe rock star; Doll Parts, the gutsy punk with an eye for Earth girls; and Lati, the turbo chick with a dangerous habit of mooning asteroids. Once they flee their dreary home planet to experience every hedonistic pleasure Earth can offer, their explosive misadventures become a cosmic tribute to Girl Power and a hilarious, unforgettable ride.
In this eye-popping first novel--a bestseller in both the United States and Australia--Linda Jaivin invites readers to overhear what women really talk about when they talk about sex.
Reaktion's new CityScopes series consists of concise, illustrated
guides that provide a social and urban history from a city's
beginnings to the present day. Written by authors with unique and
intimate knowledge of each city, these books offer fascinating
vignettes on the quintessential and the quirky. In the first book
of the series, Linda Jaivin explores a city at the heart of one of
the world's oldest civilizations and the capital of its newest
superpower--Beijing. In China's central city, Jaivin finds
thousands of years of history dating back to our ancestors, a story
that includes dynastic empires, sieges, massacres, rebellions, and
Baby, Doll and Lati, three spunky alien babes, are trapped on Nufon, the most boring planet in the entire yoon. They steal a spaceship and arrive in Sydney in search of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Then the babes abduct Jake, a minor rock star, and put him in their sexual experimentation chamber.
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