Non-Australian Settings in Michael Wilding's Selected and New Short Stories Somewhere New
Where is "somewhere new"? As denoted by the title in his
new collection of short stories, Michael Wilding perceives it in a
symbolic sense, as a place of potential, away from the centre on the
decentralizing margin, a place that enables a fresh new start, a
It can be just anywhere, in Australia on a Sydney beach or
the Balmain part of the harbour, in the United States on Jack
Kerouac's beloved Mississippi river which really stands for the
river Severn in Wilding's native England, or in North Africa.
Michael Wilding's (born 1942) recently published collection of
twenty new and selected short stories
Somewhere New: New and
(1996) shows just how very much alive the short
story tradition still is on the Australian literary scene.
It draws on
seven previous volumes from over thirty years of writing, including
classics like, for example, "The Man of Slow Feeling" (1986) and
"Reading the Signs" ( 1984 ), the title stories of two of his early
short story collections, as well as new, previously uncollected
pieces on drugs, politics, sex and the literary life.