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Broken Song
By Barry Hill

Broken Song

T.G.H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession

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Broken Song by Barry Hill

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Age Book of the Year: Non-fiction 2003.

Book Description

The biography of T. G. H. Strehlow and Aboriginal possession. A group of men chanting with the enthusiasm that made them forget age & weakness & becoming young again in spirit the rising and falling of the chant melody, like the breathing that gives us life what an unforgettable scene!' Thus wrote T. G.H. Strehlow in 1935, as he began his life work, Songs of Central Australia, acclaimed as one of the great books of world literature. Prize-winning poet and historian, Barry Hill, with exclusive access to Strehlow's diaries, has written a major work about the troubled man who grew up on the Hermannsburg mission, became the first Patrol Officer of Central Australia, called himself the last of the Aranda', and compulsively collected secret-sacred objects and images. Broken Song straddles a century of Australian history, from the race wars on the frontier to the modern era of aboriginal land rights, tracking Strehlow's creative and tragic life in translation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740512299
ISBN-10: 1740512294
Format: Paperback
(232mm x 153mm x 55mm)
Pages: 848
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Barry Hill

Barry Hill is an acclaimed historian, writer and poet. His books include The Best Picture, Raft, Sitting In (an award-winning account of the longest industrial action in Australian history) and The Road To Uluru. Broken Song won many awards on its release.

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