A.S. Patrić’s 2016 Miles Franklin Award–winning novel, Black Rock White City, is a story about the damages of war, the limits of choice and the hope of love. During a Melbourne summer, Jovan’s cleaning work at a Bayside Hospital is disrupted by acts of graffiti and violence that become increasingly malevolent. For Jovan, the mysterious words dislodge the poetry of the past, when he and his wife fled Sarajevo, following the death of their children. Patrić discusses his novel with Stephen Romei. 

 

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Stephen Romei (Australian)

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Stephen Romei is The Australian's literary editor. He blogs at A Pair of Ragged Claws. When pressed, he nominates Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment as his favourite book, though sometimes it's Moby Dick.