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Sunday, June 16 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The importance of being Jewish: why a contemporary Australian novel needs a Jewish character

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Paris 1981 … . The main character of Diana Blackwood’s novel Chaconne, Eleanor Weston, is tormented by a difficult love and self-doubt as a musician. Her best friend, Ruth Sonnenberg, a wholesome and sympathetic character, and many readers’ favourite, is Jewish. In conversation with Ludmila Stern, Diana explains why she made Ruth Jewish, what her Jewishness adds to the novel, and how a non-Jewish author managed to make this character credible as a Jew.

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Ludmila Stern

Ludmila is a Professor of Interpreting and Translation at UNSW. Her interests include history and literature. The monograph Western Intellectuals and the Soviet Union, 1920–40: From Red Square to the Left Bank (Routledge 2007) comprises her historical research focusing on the study... Read More →

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Diana Blackwood

Diana grew up in Sydney but has lived in Europe and the USA. She has worked as a teacher, editor of subtitles, and narrator of documentaries, and as an academic editor. Her publications include short stories and essays. Chaconne (2018) is her first novel.

Sunday June 16, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am PDT
Room 8