February 2020

Essays  Right arrow

Society

The fabulist of Auschwitz

Heather Morris’s bestselling novels ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ and ‘Cilka’s Journey’, and the problem of truth in historical fiction

The fabulist of Auschwitz
Living hell

Society

Living hell

Caught up in the chaos of the catastrophic bushfires on the NSW South Coast, the author experienced the terror of those whose homes and loved ones are threatened, as the failures of leadership became all too real

The Nation Reviewed  Right arrow

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Federal politics

Leaders and dung beetles

On John Cain, Scott Morrison and our curious inability to elect good people

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Federal politics

Warringah warrior

Independent MP Zali Steggall hopes her private member’s bill will take the partisanship out of climate-change policy

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Environment

Silver linings

Having survived Afghanistan as a counterintelligence officer, a traumatised vet and his family lost their farm in the Adelaide Hills bushfires

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Law and order

Intelligence branch

Bernard Collaery eagerly awaits his national security trial, energised by the prospect of highlighting the government’s misdeeds

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Federal politics

Planting hope

A community gardening program is bringing hope to asylum seekers

Vox  Right arrow

The Vox Owl

Written on the skin

Trading the joys of a childhood spent in the sun for an adulthood under scrutiny on a skin clinic table

Arts & Letters  Right arrow

Untitled (Pollo Frito), 1982, by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Art

Stopped in the street: ‘Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines’

Early death meant the work of these renowned artists never fully emerged from ’80s New York subcultures

Image [detail] of Agency, by William Gibson

Books

Days of future passed: William Gibson’s ‘Agency’

The cyberpunk pioneer’s latest novel continues his examination of the present from the perspective of a post-apocalyptic future

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Film

Kills, frills and Kelly aches: Justin Kurzel’s ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’

The Australian director brings a welcome sense of style to the unusually malleable story

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Music

The king in exile: Gordon Koang

The music of the South Sudanese star and former refugee offers solace and a plea for unity

Noted  Right arrow

Image of L’Arlésienne [detail], by Pablo Picasso

Art

‘Matisse & Picasso’: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Hanging works by the two masters together highlights their artistic rivalry and mutual influence

Image of A Couple of Things Before the End, by Sean O'Beirne

Books

‘A Couple of Things Before the End’ by Sean O’Beirne

The Australian author’s debut story collection confidently converts the linguistic detritus of our era into something of lasting value

In Light of Recent Events  Right arrow
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Pope Francis’s Guide to Avoiding Physical Contact
In light of recent events