Traumascapes

The power and fate of places transformed by tragedy

Maria Tumarkin
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Traumascapes

Published

1 July 2005

ISBN

9780522851779

Weight

439g

Size

235mm x 159mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Traumascapes

The power and fate of places transformed by tragedy

Maria Tumarkin
Traumascapes is a deeply-felt and wonderfully intelligent exploration of international sites where traumas of great magnitude have occurred.

'Traumascapes are a distinctive category of places transformed physically and psychically by suffering, part of a scar tissue that stretches across the world.'

Maria Tumarkin grew up in the old Soviet Union, and emigrated to Australia as a teenager. In 2004, she embarked on an international odyssey to investigate and write about major sites of violence and suffering. Traumascapes is a powerful meditation on the places she visited: Bali, Berlin, Manhattan, Moscow, Port Arthur, Sarajevo, and the field in Pennsylvania where the fourth plane involved in the attacks of September 11 2001 crashed.

In a time when terror and tragedy flourish these locations exhibit a compelling power, drawing pilgrims and tourists from around the world who want to understand the meaning of the traumatic events that unfolded there. In traumascapes, life goes on but the past is still unfinished business.

'Traumascapes are a distinctive category of places transformed physically and psychically by suffering, part of a scar tissue that stretches across the world.'

Maria Tumarkin grew up in the old Soviet Union, and emigrated to Australia as a teenager. In 2004, she embarked on an international odyssey to investigate and write about major sites of violence and suffering. Traumascapes is a powerful meditation on the places she visited: Bali, Berlin, Manhattan, Moscow, Port Arthur, Sarajevo, and the field in Pennsylvania where the fourth plane involved in the attacks of September 11 2001 crashed.

In a time when terror and tragedy flourish these locations exhibit a compelling power, drawing pilgrims and tourists from around the world who want to understand the meaning of the traumatic events that unfolded there. In traumascapes, life goes on but the past is still unfinished business.

About the author

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin is the author of Traumascapes (MUP), which was shortlisted in the prize for a first book of history in the 2006 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne; her essays and reviews appear frequently in The Age, The Australian, The Monthly and other publications. Maria lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

About Maria Tumarkin

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