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Summer Visit

120 pages
Paperback, 21 x 12.5 cm
Published March 2003
ISBN 0957831153

Summer Visit

Antigone Kefala

Summer Visit is a collection of three novellas by the distinguished Australian poet Antigone Kefala.

‘Intimacy’, charts the breakdown of a marriage. ‘Conversations with Mother’ is a portrait of grief. Between these stories of crisis, ‘Summer Visit’ speaks of memory and the past as a living force.

All exhibit the remarkable combination of clarity, intensity and spareness, for which Kefala is renowned.

[Kefala’s fiction] blurs the boundaries between the short story and the novella, while also drawing on poetry in their expressive compression and figurative richness…Journeys are a constant in her oeuvre, movement across space and, via memory and dreams, across time.
Judges’ citation, Patrick White Literary Award

About the Author

Antigone Kefala

Antigone Kefala has written three works of fiction, The First Journey, The Island and Alexia, and five poetry collections, The Alien, Thirsty Weather, European Notebook, Absence: New and Selected Poems, and Fragments, which won the 2017 Judith Wright Calanthe Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry. Her collections of journals are Summer Visit, Sydney Journals and Late Journals, her final work.

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Publisher note: Late Journals by Antigone Kefala

Kefala had been writing down her impressions from the period when her family was first displaced from Romania to Greece after WWII, but the physical journals which provide the raw materials for her published Journals date from the early 1970s (her first poetry collection, The Alien, was published in 1973, her first work of fiction, The First Journey, in 1975).

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