Courage

Maria Tumarkin
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Courage
Courage

Published

1 September 2007

ISBN

9780522853681

Weight

350g

Size

233mm x 156mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Courage

Maria Tumarkin
A compelling work from the talented Maria Tumarkin, Courage looks for courage outside of the extremes of violence, endurance and fear, tracking it across cultural and historical divides to its less spectacular and deeper forms.

'People care desperately about courage. For once, I am one of the people. Do you want to know what it means to care desperately? It means that I am prepared to give up dignity, talent and generosity for the attribute of courage. When I fantasise about what people will say after my death, I know what I want them to recall—whatever her flaws (too numerous to mention), she certainly had guts. Yet the courage I conjure up in my fantasies exists outside of the extremes of violence, endurance and fear. It is not primarily a virtuous ideal or an idea, but rather an expression of the human spirit-messy, explosive and morally ambivalent.'

Maria Tumarkin's view of courage contains no dead military heroes. Young, female, an immigrant from the crumbling Soviet states, she mines her own remarkable life story to produce a meditation on the courage we need to live our…

'People care desperately about courage. For once, I am one of the people. Do you want to know what it means to care desperately? It means that I am prepared to give up dignity, talent and generosity for the attribute of courage. When I fantasise about what people will say after my death, I know what I want them to recall—whatever her flaws (too numerous to mention), she certainly had guts. Yet the courage I conjure up in my fantasies exists outside of the extremes of violence, endurance and fear. It is not primarily a virtuous ideal or an idea, but rather an expression of the human spirit-messy, explosive and morally ambivalent.'

Maria Tumarkin's view of courage contains no dead military heroes. Young, female, an immigrant from the crumbling Soviet states, she mines her own remarkable life story to produce a meditation on the courage we need to live our everyday lives. A hybrid of memoir and philosophy, of experience and ideas, Courage is a hugely entertaining and provocative read from a writer of startling talent.

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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