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Oh Lucky Country uses first-person point of view to inflate migrant oppression to such absurdist proportions that its swirling narrative boils over into a maelstrom, washing away all migrant cliches. It is a witty, tragi-comic view of Australian society, culture and prejudice.
Paperback, 198 pages
Published 2009 by Sydney University Press (first published 1984)
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Lisa
Oh Lucky Country is a rarity in Australian literature that it was written in Italian and translated into English not long after publication in the 1970s. Now reissued for The Australian Classics Library, it is raw, angry and confronting, yet curiously seductive. Here is the voice of that army of Italian migrant factory workers of the seventies: they were invisible to many, or known only in halting conversations that could not progress beyond simple greetings. Was Rosa’s scorn for Australian cult ...more
Diane Simonelli
Loved it so much it has become a focus text for my PhD,
John
Italian novel in the style of 1970s Italian arthouse films, the setting in Australia is largely superfluous. I can assure you it bears no realtion to the migrant experience whatsoever.

Set in 1971, a woman lives in a migrant hostel and then in a series of crowded houses (although there were no migrant hostels in 1971, and the housing shortage was a thing of the distant past by then).

Living with a number of easy women, she lives the grunge pastiche style of the early 1970s
Alan
At times a lot of fun. Others, very irritating. The voice of the book is rather choppy and the translation/editing not great. Still Cappiello's view of migrant Australia is contemporary, urban and conflicted. Probably not too far off the real thing.
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