Interview with
Maria Tumarkin

Featured in

  • Published 20140506
  • ISBN: 9781922182258
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

Maria Tumarkin is a cultural historian and the author of three books of ideas: Traumascapes (2005), Courage (2007) and Otherland (2010). She has taught at universities and writing centres, and holds a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne. In this interview she discusses her essay ‘This narrated life‘, which critiques the culture of storytelling and the belief that stories are the best way for human beings to communicate and achieve understanding.



I know that you emigrated from Russia when you were fifteen, and had to learn English when you moved. I wonder how having to learn English affected your writing. Do you still write in Russian?

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

If you are an educator or student wishing to access content for study purposes please contact us at griffithreview@griffith.edu.au

Share article

More from author

Afraid of waking it

FictionHE SET THE camera up by the wall in the space he used as his studio. It was one of the many rooms in...

More from this edition

You have my heart

EssayHOUSEWIVES, A HUNDRED or more women at each performance, call out to an actor as she wanders mindlessly around her kitchen doing chores. They...

Parents in decline

FictionEVERYTHING IS FINE and then one day it isn't. Rogue jets on shower nozzles start spraying at odd angles, getting us in the eye...

Sydney

PoetryIt's been a long time, you old harlot. From my rented flat I see your big-ticket items – solid arc of Bridge, glinting slivers of Opera House. Still heart stoppers,...

Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review.