Aliens in Their Land
The Aborigine in the Australian Short Story
Edited by Louise E. Rorabacher
F. W. Cheshire Publishing, 1968, [First Edition], hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing, bumping, chipping and small tears (see photographs)
“The Australian people as a whole may justifiably be accused of neglecting the aborigines; not so Australian authors, as this collection of short stories testifies. Good fiction is not lacking about the differences and conflicts between black and white and black and black in contemporary Australia. And good fiction, says Louise Rorabacher, is often a better record of human experience than fact.
Apart from their sociological value, these stories make good reading, and are representative of the high level of achievement in Australian short story writing. Authors selected include Katharine Susannah Prichard, Xavier Herbert, Vance Palmer and Hal Porter. Judith Wright tells through a third person of the sad and somehow inevitable failure of one particular black-white marriage. Chris Gardner writes of the age-old and international problem of a boy who, ‘passing white’, turns his back on his half-caste parents. Cecil Mann humorously describes the triumphs of black Beulah, the Beautiful; while Roland Robinson and Judah Waten treat the subject of white man’s desire for black girl in a more serious vein in ‘Clara’ and ‘Black Girl’. Some of the stories are justly famous, others less well-known; but all are united by a common concern for and sympathy with a people who are, ever-increasingly, aliens in their own land.”