Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of five novels, including The Slap and Barracuda, and the short-story collection Merciless Gods.

Articles by this author

Image of a Trump campaign rally in Michigan
The politics of rage won’t let us listen to one another
The second coming
It is 1984. I am just shy of 19, Reagan is about to be re-elected in the US, Thatcher is administering shock treatment to the UK, and our new prime minister, Bob Hawke, along with...
Former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Greece’s economic crisis
Greek tragedy
Down the road from my studio, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, there is a small cafe next door to a tobacconist. Both are owned by Australians of Greek heritage. The week before...
An empty billboard on the road to Corinth. © John Tsiavis
The left has forgotten where it came from
Whatever happened to the working class?
It is May 2013, a week after Orthodox Easter, and for my final night in Athens my cousins have taken me out to dinner at a taverna in the working-class neighbourhood of Kipoupoli...
Photos of asylum seekers by Emmanuel Santos, taken at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.They did not wish to be named, to protect their families in their countries of origin.
Our governments and press have demonised boat people for 15 years. Organisations like the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre worry they’re fighting a losing battle.
Why Australia hates asylum seekers
“I received a text from one of my colleagues, and he wrote, I feel like we have failed,” says Kon Karapanagiotidis. “I texted back and wrote, Yeah, so do I.” It is a...
Pauline Kael: a life of film © Associated Press
Brian Kellow’s 'Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark'
Citizen Kael
The day after I finished reading Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark (Viking, 432pp; $39.00), I watched John Cassavetes’ Faces. It had been nearly 20 years since I had...
The Gaza Strips
I’m ageing; I’m becoming the old fart I never wished to be. I am succumbing to nostalgia and its lethal evil twin, bitterness. I listen to the radio – or, recently, more often a...