ISBN-10: 192570405X

ISBN-13: 9781925704051

“Nobody can write like Maria Tumarkin: she fees headlong into the worst and better of us, with an iron refusal to melt or beautify; sentences naked of artifice, stripped again to the bone, to the nerve; fired through raging grief and love.”
—Helen Garner

“Maria Tumarkin writes of inauspicious themes with utmost integrity. AXIOMATIC is a gloomy present: heartfelt, painful, jam-packed with sorrowful compassion. From colleges, courtrooms, prisons, refugee camps, Soviet areas and extra own internal lifestyles, come tales that holiday open the silence of suicide and the secret of lively persistence.”
—Gail Jones

“A outstanding kaleidoscope of arresting observations on soreness and innocence nowa days, AXIOMATIC is by means of turns illuminating, infuriating, engrossing or even a laugh. i think ambushed.”
—Robert Dessaix


The previous shapes the current – they educate us that during faculties and universities. (Shapes? Infiltrates, extra like; imbues, infuses.) This earlier can't be visited like an getting old aunt. It doesn’t dwell in little zoo enclosures. part the time, this previous is not anything below the thrashing center of the current. So, how you can communicate of the searing, unpindownable energy that the previous – ours, our family’s, our culture’s – wields within the present?

Stories aren't adequate, even if they're crucial. And books approximately background, books of psychology – the simplest of them take us nearer, yet nonetheless now not shut enough.

Maria Tumarkin's AXIOMATIC is a boundary-shifting fusion of pondering, storytelling, reportage and meditation. It takes as its start line 5 axioms:
- ‘Give Me a baby prior to the Age of 7 and I’ll provide the Woman’
- ‘History Repeats Itself…’
- ‘Those Who omit the earlier are Condemned to copy It’
- ‘You Can’t input a similar River Twice’
- ‘Time Heals All Wounds’

These beliefs—or intuitions—about the position the prior performs in our current are usually evoked as though they're undying and self-evident truths. it truly is accurately simply because they're neither, but nonetheless we're persuaded by means of them, that they let us know very much concerning the forces that form our tradition and how we are living.

AXIOMATIC is Tumarkin's fourth e-book of non-fiction, and her so much pioneering. Her 3 earlier books, Otherland (2010), braveness (2007), and Traumascapes (2005), have every one and all been seriously acclaimed and shortlisted for significant prizes.

More than seven complete and lengthy years within the making, and using her time as a Sidney Myer artistic Fellow, AXIOMATIC actively seeks to reset the non-fiction shape in Australia.

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