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Black Rock White City [PDF / EPUB] Black Rock White City Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of Black Rock White City is a novel about the damages of war, the limits of choice, and the hope of love During a hot Melbourne summer Jovan s cleaning work at a bayside hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence becoming increasingly Black Rock PDF/EPUB ² malevolent For Jovan the mysterious words that must be cleaned away dislodge the poetry of the past He and his wife Suzana were forced to flee Sarajevo and the death of their children Intensely human, yet majestic in its moral vision, Black Rock White City is an essential story of Australia s suburbs now, of displacement and immediate threat, and the unexpected responses of two refugees as they try to reclaim their dreams It is a breathtaking roar of energy that explores the immigrant experience with ferocity, beauty and humour.

  • Paperback
  • 246 pages
  • Black Rock White City
  • A.S. Patric
  • English
  • 09 April 2019
  • 1921924837

About the Author: A.S. Patric

A S Patric is an award winning writer and author of Black Rock White City, listed as one of the best novels of by The Australian and The Australian Book Review It has been highly commended by the judges of the Victorian Premier Black Rock PDF/EPUB ² s Literary Awards He is also the author of Las Vegas for Vegans, a story collection shortlisted in the Queensland Literary Awards His debut book is The Rattler other stories, shortlisted for the Lord Mayor s Award He is also the author of Bruno Kramzer, a novella shortlisted for the Viva La Novella Prize He is the winner of the Ned Kelly Award and the Booranga Prize His stories have featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, Overland, Southerly, Island, Quadrant, in over other literary journals, and in Best Australian Stories and He is publishing Atlantic Black late , The Australian and The Readings Monthly calling it one of the most anticipated novels of the year.



10 thoughts on “Black Rock White City

  1. says:

    A husband and wife flee Sarajevo to find hope in Melbourne They are traumatized by war Once in their new country they remain locked in, limited and trapped The story follows their thoughts about this new life as contrasted to their memories Separately, they take their knowledge and use their instincts in an effort to find a way forward This can be hazardous but always a preferable option to what they left behind They place limits on themselves while coming to realise it s perhapsunwi A husband and wife flee Sarajevo to find hope in Melbourne They are traumatized by war Once in their new country they remain locked in, limited and trapped The story follows their thoughts about this new life as contrasted to their memories Separately, they take their knowledge and use their instincts in an effort to find a way forward This can be hazardous but always a preferable option to what they left behind They place limits on themselves while coming to realise it s perhapsunwise to allow others to place their free choice, self expression and destiny under the lock and key of others They exist, both needing to wait, until the moment presents itself to remember who they are and what they mean to each other To wait is a skill To hesitate is a mistake To know when to act that is their lifetime s work

  2. says:

    The Pain of WordsThat s Patric with an accent over the c, pronounced something like Patrich I assume that the author, like the characters in his debut novel, winner of Australia s Miles Franklin Award, is an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia, or at least the son of one The title links Black Rock, an area of Melbourne, to White City, which is apparently the literal translation of Belgrade Patric s protagonist, Jovan Brakochevich, works as a janitor in a Melbourne hospital his wife The Pain of WordsThat s Patric with an accent over the c, pronounced something like Patrich I assume that the author, like the characters in his debut novel, winner of Australia s Miles Franklin Award, is an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia, or at least the son of one The title links Black Rock, an area of Melbourne, to White City, which is apparently the literal translation of Belgrade Patric s protagonist, Jovan Brakochevich, works as a janitor in a Melbourne hospital his wife Suzana cleans for a private family Both have come down in the world both were literature professors at the university Suzana was writing a novel, and Jovan was a poet He has not written anything since coming to Australia he hasn t even bothered to learnthan basic English which he speaks with an almost impenetrable accident But words, the germs of poetry, keep returning to Jovan in his thoughts He leans over the top of his first Australian car, feeling the heat of the roof radiating through his palms, and drifts into poetry The air that breathes me, the air that moves my life, that evaporates my soul, the air that kisses me and kisses me, the air breathing in the bliss of my longest exhalation He doesn t own this tranquility Moments like these are rare gifts that come his way accidentally, wrapped and intended for others He can hold them, briefly as he does now, pausing beside his rust spotted white Ford panel van Soon he ll have to surrender them.But words come back to haunt Jovan in the most sinister ways His hospital has been plagued by a spate of graffiti that Jovan must clean up, ranging from a simple slogan, The Trojan Flea, painted on a wall, tocomplex messages I am so full of your death I can now only breathe your rot etched into glass or carved into the flesh of a cadaver There is intelligence at work here, certainly, and skill, and persistence Suppositions as to the identity of Dr Graffito range from a doctor at the hospital to Jovan himself even though, as the one to clean them up, he feels personally targeted by them But as the series goes on, it becomesthan an irritating prank one person commits suicide, another is gruesomely murdered Graffiti as a deadly weapon.The loss of words, the pain of words the two are connected through what happened to Jovan and Suzana in Sarajevo before they fled We will learn about it in the middle section of the book, which is extremely painful and tells of unimaginable loss and suffering It has left Jovan and Suzana with a clerly dysfunctional marriage, though there is enough need there, and just enough love, to hold the shreds of it together I did find the thread of the story beginning to fray a bit this has not quite got the relentless intensity of Charlotte Wood sThe Natural Way of Thingswhich it narrowly beat out for the prize But, as the committee stated, it offers a powerful and raw account of the migrant experience in Australia And it does offer at least a glimmer of hope at the end, where words as life come head to head with words as death, and Patric pulls the various threads together into a finale that, though rather abrupt, is nonetheless satisfying

  3. says:

    This is not an easy book to read It is both distressing, and elliptical It brushes past moments of trauma and you expect the big reveal, and then it turns away and heads in another direction There are moments of lyrical beauty, there is horror, there are awkward, angry, shattered, just trying to live characters Nothing is simple Nothing is heartwarming Your effort will be repaid.

  4. says:

    3.5 This book was tough in many ways, not least of which is how to fairly review it Reading it completed a goal I had set for myself of reading the five books making up the 2016 Miles Franklin shortlist Looking back I see I have resolutely given these books fairly ho hum reviews which would seem to suggest that this list was not my best route into Australian fiction this year On the plus side I do think Black Rock White Cityis the correct winner as it pushed my reading boundaries and had 3.5 This book was tough in many ways, not least of which is how to fairly review it Reading it completed a goal I had set for myself of reading the five books making up the 2016 Miles Franklin shortlist Looking back I see I have resolutely given these books fairly ho hum reviews which would seem to suggest that this list was not my best route into Australian fiction this year On the plus side I do think Black Rock White Cityis the correct winner as it pushed my reading boundaries and had sustained sections of writing I really enjoyed However.The narrative choices made often bedevilled me Consisting of what I would call disjointed slice of life vignettes, interspersed with grim, half recalled flashbacks from a life in Belgrade, and an odd storyline involving a kind of malevolent Banksie type artist, stalking the hallways of Sandringham hospital It didn t really feel complete as a novel to me or rather as immersive as I would have liked and yet I admired it in parts The characters at its core Jovan and his wife Suzana represent a heartbreaking immigrant experience, the snippets of back story you get are compelling and I was impressed by Patric s decision to take a reader right up to a violent episode but then writeDo not visualise the details Do not try to imagine what husband and wife may, or may not, have thought or felt As those images on television broadcasts could not fully penetrate the minds of Suzana and Jovan, or anyone watching anywhere else at the time, so no one will ever know anything of this experience Although a very different style of novel a good companion to this book maybe Aminatta Forma s The Hired Man as it also is a quiet reflection on people s lives post the Yugoslav wars of the 90s.This section in particular reminded me of that novel .war is hard to disguise as anything other than the Devil himself Turning mailmen, barbers, greengrocers, electricians and taxi drivers into dismembering demons Burning up entire generations of men as if their souls were made of hay The Devil was never a comic book character, with a red face and small horns protruding from his skull he is a force as real as gravity, raging through the minds of men with the fires of Hell I realise how conflicted I am on this book, its terse uneven prose, sometimes unwieldy poetry, elliptical and often oddly fantastical plot and yet and yet.I am pleased it won

  5. says:

    I picked this up initially because it is short listed for the Miles Franklin award and I was curious I m not really sure what to make of it and I don t think I really enjoyed it Mostly it was a depressing read I suppose it couldn t help but be that Jovan and Suzana have fled war torn Bosnia after the death of their two children In Australia as refugees they have menial lives, both working as cleaners, barely existing Both had taught at the university in Sarajevo now it seemed their lives w I picked this up initially because it is short listed for the Miles Franklin award and I was curious I m not really sure what to make of it and I don t think I really enjoyed it Mostly it was a depressing read I suppose it couldn t help but be that Jovan and Suzana have fled war torn Bosnia after the death of their two children In Australia as refugees they have menial lives, both working as cleaners, barely existing Both had taught at the university in Sarajevo now it seemed their lives were diminished Perhaps there is some redemption and hope here I know there has been praise for this book and perhaps deservedly so There were some moving and profound moments but mostly I felt that it lacked a bit of emotion but maybe this subtlety of emotion was the point For me it just left me feeling a little flat

  6. says:

    Holy Shit Bravo Australian emerging writers First novel How can Girl At War be so acclaimed when this book exists Give him all the Australian Awards and get the Americans and Europeans onto him ASAP

  7. says:

    I m off to Melbourne to catch up with My Friend Jarrod next month and what better way to ready myself than to indulge in new Melbourne fiction And my goodness What fiction this is Five, oh five, oh five glorious and shining stars, Mr Poetic Patric.He can t speak to any of it because it isn t about words any It s about another existence Neither of them is sure about the present but this is some kind of afterlife 17.On the surface the book is about Serbian immigrants, Jovan and Suzana I m off to Melbourne to catch up with My Friend Jarrod next month and what better way to ready myself than to indulge in new Melbourne fiction And my goodness What fiction this is Five, oh five, oh five glorious and shining stars, Mr Poetic Patric.He can t speak to any of it because it isn t about words any It s about another existence Neither of them is sure about the present but this is some kind of afterlife 17.On the surface the book is about Serbian immigrants, Jovan and Suzana and their life in Melbourne In Serbia he was a Professor of Literature In Melbourne he cleans the evil scrawl of Dr Graffito off hospital walls Beneath the story Patric investigates the relationship between a husband and wife who have experienced unfathomable trauma through their children s death He investigates infidelity and whether, sometimes, it might be okay All of this is couched beneath an arc that questions our xenophobia In an interview in Good Reading April 2015 Patric says Literature can return us to our humanity Many Australians and New Zealanders who encounter Serbian or other refugees or immigrants may not be able to detect or understand the suffering behind smiling eyes Black Rock White City humanizes the Serbian War and allows us to understand the life altering terror and displacement it forced on many. the old world can be packed into a box, and left to gather dust, and be rarely seen More andrarely as the years pass The two worlds drift further and further apart Of course, the box doesn t disappear It will always be exactly where it always was in the centre of their lives It is made of the thinnest sheets of porous material, the most fragile membrane, leaking without warning at any point 136 137.As I writer I am interested in the points of view several and the section of story Patric has chosen to tell He could have written a rip roaring present action book encompassing the Serbian war and the unbearable deaths of Ana and Dejan But he didn t He chose to begin in media res, in Jovan and Suzana s make do Melbourne life This is not a story about the Serbian war This is a story about real life in the Melbourne suburbs.The character of Suzana is pure genius She haslayers than an onion Patric uses a soft touch, gradually revealing the woman she is now, the woman she was in Serbia and the surprising woman she was before Jovan Patric renders her love you ll see what I mean for Jovan using a tender starkness that reflects a lamp back to each of us and asks who were you before now Is that person still inside you Can you ever change, completely There was only one place in the book I was shunted out of the story Jovan gets a bit preachy when talking with Suzana about Graffito on pages 240 241 minor criticism that doesn t alter my five star opinion.Written across the chalkboard black streets is the mathematics of chaos Everyone going off in a million directions, scrawling their intentions in Morse code flashes and dashes, behind glass hissing at each other in the lost languages of silence, sometimes colliding and crashing into each other, mostly passing untouched across the unalterable long black mark of destiny road through an anonymous fate 68 italics Patric s own Patric s imagery is stunningly memorable Suzana s Janissary dying the forest the television discarded on the lawn Ms Richards waiting for the train Suzana in the swimming pool Oh, bliss These I will keep.For the briefest of moments she knows what it is to come apart in millions of different directions, none of them a release or relief 54.As for the ending how can anyone decry the ending It is magnificent I want to type it out in full and give you a slice of my chest so you can see how my breath gasped at its beauty But that wouldn t be good manners You ll have to read it yourself.PS White City is the literal translation of Belgrade 19 and Black Rock is a seaside suburb of Melbourne.You can buy the book here Readings Books, MelbourneKindle Edition Zealand readers I can t seem to find it at the independents, but have put a request in to Unity Books and Dear Reader Grey Lynn, Auckland to stock it This review also appears on my blog www.lovewordsmusic.com

  8. says:

    This is a new Australian novel about a Serbian couple who have migrated after the Bosnian war Jovan, former poet and academic now works as a cleaner at Sandringham hospital Suzanah works as a carer They are deeply damaged and dysfunctional as a result of the events of the war The novel explores the extent to which people can recover from tragedy and what happens to relationships in the process This focus plays out against a storyline where an anonymous graffiti artist is playing havoc w This is a new Australian novel about a Serbian couple who have migrated after the Bosnian war Jovan, former poet and academic now works as a cleaner at Sandringham hospital Suzanah works as a carer They are deeply damaged and dysfunctional as a result of the events of the war The novel explores the extent to which people can recover from tragedy and what happens to relationships in the process This focus plays out against a storyline where an anonymous graffiti artist is playing havoc within the hospital where Jovan works He repeatedly has to clean up after the person has defaced something this includes vandalism as refined as etching small letters into the lens of the opthalmologist s equipment It s an interesting narrative choice for the novelist to make It reminded me of the increasingly ridiculous serial killer novels that appear on the market with increasingly bizarre modes of murder I think that what it is meant to do is provide perspective the actual real life and recent events in Bosnia are the real horror story there may be a complete obscenity in our preference for the former.Through the novel we feel what it is like to be an immigrant Jovan, the refined poet speaks imperfect English and prefers to be misunderstood rather than trying to alter how people see him He chooses to drive a wreck of a car People call him Joe Jovan is apparently too hard to remember and pronounce He indulges in a nihilistic affair he is a man who is deeply depressed He and Suzannah live in Frankston the bleariness of the suburbs is the backdrop for the story I took a while to warm to the book but I think it s very good I think this comment sums it up Something I love about this novel is its lack of stylistic cynicism its willingness to probe its character s experiences, minds and hearts without the protective padding of irony

  9. says:

    WORTHY WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARDI am such a fussy reader, that 4 stars is very high praise for me Stunning, is the word that seems to describe the experience of reading such a real portrait of several damaged but resilient, souls.

  10. says:

    This is one of the most powerful books I ve read It s set in a framework which is somewhat exaggerated at least I hope so regarding horrific events in a suburban hospital in Melbourne Although this part is a little over the top, it provides a structure for theinteresting, and wrenching, aspects of the book The story of a couple who come to Australia escaping from Sarajevo, including their back story which is slowly revealed, and the unsettling aspects of trying to make a new life here This is one of the most powerful books I ve read It s set in a framework which is somewhat exaggerated at least I hope so regarding horrific events in a suburban hospital in Melbourne Although this part is a little over the top, it provides a structure for theinteresting, and wrenching, aspects of the book The story of a couple who come to Australia escaping from Sarajevo, including their back story which is slowly revealed, and the unsettling aspects of trying to make a new life here, wearing the physical and emotional scars of their past, and continuing to receivealong the way The secondary characters shine a light on inbuilt prejudice, fear of other, challenges that other people have and how they are inevitably contrasted to Jovan and Suzana s situation It s a book which will sit with me for a long time Quotes I might come back to He brushes his teeth, gingerly around the painful area in his jaw Feels the fear building somewhere in the open space of his ribcage Doesn t have a thought or a reason attached to it It comes and tears at his heart and lungs He continues to brush Spits out a little blood with his foam Stands up and wipes his mouth with a hand towel Can t see it in his own face When it fills his chest with a hundred crows, scrambling with their claws and beaks through black feathers for immediate release, even then, he can t see it It s as though the past never writes itself into his features and expressions Only that which ghosts behind the face can summon white terror specters and black dread phantoms the dead and living writhing in the muddy grave of his mind Jovan is an articulate man and he wants to speak to his wife What stops him time and again isn t the pain, it s a feeling that talking makes it trivial Not that it makes it real it makes it small The reality is clear from when they open their eyes to when they close them, perforating even that boundary almost every night The death of their two children isn t the erasure of two beings It is the loss of God and the skies, it is the loss of the past and the future, of all their small voiced words and their hearts The only possible response is suicide To survive they have found a way to live without response Hands on the wheel Looking at the street lights on Chapman Street that shine out for no good reason No one around here goes out for walks Dogs barking from every barricaded backyard Children ensconced before their glowing screens behind the walls Family cars left out on the street make her think of discarded bits of clothing, forgotten shows to be picked up when needed the next day for school or work All of it done tiredly, against the will, with an obligation that works on them like a disease People around here collapse into bed at the end of the day They rise every morning with their cheap suburban alarms forcing them out again No, she knows this isn t objective This isn t the life around her as much as the poisoned life within her She s seeing reflections You want to go back to Greece Jovan says, you say this sometimes Freedom there, even if your parents run from their islands, give everything away to make it to over here Doesn t make much sense to me Things get worse in Greece Not better, since your parents leave Bill disagrees They know how to live over there, man We waste all our time working her They know what Life is over there You know what I m saying We have to plan to fit it in Save up for years, and then go over there for a few weeks Call it a holiday what do we call the rest of this fucking life here Jovan doesn t know where he gets this idea of life A holiday that never ends is the daydream of a spoilt child Bill says, No Bosnia postcards, that s for sure Fucking Muslims, fucking up their own shit and then they come around fucking up everyone else s Acting as though not eating pork is gonna mean shit to God or the Devil Bill leaves the change room thinking he s offered Jovan a pat on the back, as though to share a hate is to share a love Tossing Molotov words with his eyes closed The type of thing you lob around a football ground during a rival match A flare and nothingNot something that could set the air alight a kind of napalm that would keep burning for generations Bill doesn t know a lot about hate, and not a lotabout love He thinks he hates a boss or a politician or someone at his local pub but he hasn t seen hate turn into fire, free floating and exploding through a city, and then materialising again into a blistered red monsterreal than any creature children imagine in night time terrors Moving from city to city, and village to village, blazing across a whole country, uncontrollable and annihilating Breathing fire around Jovan, and murdering before his eyes, raping and maiming all with a dying grin never quite dead The war didn t start everywhere at the same time in Bosnia It was part of the civil wars of Yugoslavia, yet when it petered out quickly in other parts of that federation of states, in Bosnia it grew into something far worse and protracted It was fought from village to village, town to town, and in cities, street to street and building to building It was resisted for long periods in some quarters of the state as it raged for gore in others in short, it was fought by loose groupings of people organized by no grand plan, leader or movement Muslims vowed to Serbian neighbours that atrocities committed in another town wouldn t be perpetrated here Yet they were Of course, that was also true the other way around Serbs made promises of decency that they didn t keep Promises are part of a currency, and as long as there is an idea of social economy, then these notes can be traded on A society can become bankrupt through various causes and all parts of the world have witnessed these collapses of a moral economy Suzana leans forward Attentive There is no confidante for Jelka other than Suzana Back in what was once Yugoslavia both of them would have had extended circles of friends For all occasions and all modes of companionship Here in Australia, where everyone is locked into their suburban backyards and the biannual BBQ, Suzana and Jelka have to assume all of the kinds of friendship they still need Suzana knows she s offended her only friend, yet Suzana suspects that Jelka loves being talked about in this manner Being the subject of serious contemplation thrills her To be cast as someone worthy of consideration, even harshly, makes her feel real What Jelka yearns forthan anything is some kind of proof of existence no one wants to give her

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