Small Acts of Disappearance

Author(s): Fiona Wright

Biography

Small Acts of Disappearance describes the author's affliction with an eating disorder which begins in university, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years. Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and by an awareness of the empowering effects of hunger, which is unsparing in its consideration of the author's motives and actions. The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wright's life: at university, where she finds herself in a radically different social world to the one she grew up in, in Sri Lanka as a fledgling journalist, in Germany as a young writer, in her hospital treatments back in Sydney. They combine travel writing, memoir and literary discussions of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Glück deal with anorexia and addiction; together with accounts of family life, the observation of detail and the humour which is so compelling in Wright's poetry.

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781922146939
  • : Giramondo Publishing Company
  • : Giramondo Publishing Co
  • : September 2015
  • : 198mm X 128mm
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : en
  • : 224
  • : Fiona Wright
  • : Paperback