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George Alexander

George Alexander

By birth an Australian, by heritage mixed Greek-Italian, George Alexander grew up in the working class Sydney suburb of Botany in a family that spoke five languages. He studied Italian at the University of Sydney before dropping out to travel Europe. He has worked in academia and was a coordinator of contemporary art programs at the Art Gallery of NSW for fourteen years. His books include The Book of the Dead (1985), Sparagmos (1989), Mortal Divide (1997), which won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, and Slow Burn (2009).


Mortal Divide

The Autobiography of Yiorgos Alexandroglou

George Alexander

208 pages
illustrated, Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published August 2022
ISBN 9781922725295

A novel which mixes fiction and biography, imagination and memory, Mortal Divide is one of the great works on the relationship between migration and identity in Australian literature. First published in 1997, Giramondo is proud to release the book in a new edition, with illustrations by Peter Lyssiotis.