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Killing: Misadventures In Violence

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Ninety years after the First World War, police in a Victorian country town uncovered, inside a velvet-lined display cabinet, the mummified head of a Turkish soldier - a bullet-ridden souvenir brought home from Gallipoli by a returning ANZAC. The macabre discovery launched Jeff Sparrow on a quest to understand the nature of deadly violence. How did ordinary people - whether ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published September 26th 2013 by Melbourne University (first published July 1st 2009)
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Jess
Apr 06, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it
Though I finished reading Jeff Sparrow's Killing: Misadventures in Violence weeks ago, I've been putting off writing a review. This is a harrowing read, one that digs into the psychology and social aspects of one of the most reviled of all human behaviours - murder. After reading of the discovery of a mummified head of a Turkish soldier kept as a souvenir from the battle of Gallipoli, Sparrow investigates what it means to take a human life. Specifically, he researches the spheres of contemporary ...more
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Dec 18, 2009 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it
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‘I needed to understand killing to appreciate the head and that meant trying something very different.’

Ninety years after World War I, policy in a country town in Victoria, Australia, received the mummified head of a Turkish soldier. A bullet-ridden souvenir brought home from Gallipoli by a returning ANZAC. When Jeff Sparrow became aware of this, he starts on a quest to try to understand the nature of deadly violence.

‘How hard is it to kill, as a hunter on a kangaroo cull, as a worker in an abat
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