On the subject of book launches, the details of mine are below:
Guy Rundle launches Killing: Misadventures in Violence
by Jeff Sparrow
6 for 6:30pm Thursday 16 July
Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall
HOW HARD IS IT TO KILL, AS A HUNTER ON A KANGAROO CULL, AS A WORKER IN! AN ABBATOIR, AS AN EXECUTIONER IN A PRISON, AS A SOLDIER AT WAR?
Ninety years after World War I, police in a Victorian country town uncover the mummified head of a Turkish soldier, a bullet-ridden souvenir brought home from Gallipoli by a returning ANZAC.
The macabre discovery sets Jeff Sparrow on a quest to understand the nature of deadly violence. How do ordinary people – whether in today’s wars or in 1915 – learn to take a human life? How do they live with the aftermath?
These questions lead Sparrow through history and across Australia and the USA, talking to veterans and slaughtermen, executioners and writers about one of the last remaining taboos.
Compassionate, engaged and political, Killing takes us up close to the ways society kills today, meditating on what violence means, not just for perpetrators but for all of us.
Jeff Sparrow is the co-author of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, and the author of Communism: A Love Story, wh! ich was shortlisted for the 2007 Colin Roderick Award. He is the editor of the Australian literary journal Overland and writes regularly for Crikey.