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Subramani, Anurag (2021) Dakuwaku. [Creative Works]

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“In your hands, you hold Anurag Subramani's Dakuwaku, a book like no other. Its narrative breaches all rules of linearity, even when it addresses you personally. You will then ask yourself, what kind of book is this? One answer: it’s what happens when a writer versed in the literatures of the Pacific (think Epeli Hau‘ofa’s parodic Kisses in the Nederends), of Hindu epics, as well as of European grotesquerie in the tradition of Rabelais, writes about his Fijian home. Another answer: this is a book about Dakuwaku, a place whose Pacific location bursts into our awareness like a consciousness being torn apart and remade. In a kind of counter-anthropology, we hear rhythms of the village, of the shop, of the city; we hear a jumble of language, of laughter and history. The puns race across the language surface, but below the multilinguistic layers of Dakuwaku, move the currents of a disputed Pacific. The often parodic narrative is dizzying and unsteady, just as you the reader will be, once you have finished. Dakuwaku offers a world where consciousness itself, with all its inherited traditions, is laid open, and where the work of grasping its elusive meanings is also yours, dear reader.” John O’Carroll Charles Sturt University

Item Type: Creative Works
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: School of Law and Social Sciences (SoLaSS)
Depositing User: Anurag Subramani
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2021 00:39
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 00:39

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