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Brow Books to reissue Tumarkin’s ‘Traumascapes’

Brow Books has acquired world rights to Maria Tumarkin’s nonfiction book Traumascapes, which was originally published by Melbourne University Press in 2005. Tumarkin recently won a Windham Campbell prize for her nonfiction work, and Brow Books published her most recent book Axiomatic in 2018.

The publisher is currently working with Tumarkin on updating the text, which looks at how modern sites of trauma—including Berlin, Port Arthur, Bali, Moscow, Sarajevo, New York and Shanksville—have emerged as powerful and important cultural landmarks.

Brow Books publisher Sam Cooney said: ‘Those in the know have long understood that Maria Tumarkin is an extraordinary writer, and one who is only becoming better as time rolls on … But we also know how remarkable Maria’s previous three books are, and wish all of them were readily available in bookstores and libraries across the continent, and indeed the world.

‘We’re so pleased to have worked with Maria to secure rights to Traumascapes so that we can get it back onto bookstore shelves and into new readers’ homes; anyone who has already read Traumascapes knows how perceptive and influential a work it is.’

Traumascapes will be reissued this year, but the publication date may be pushed back to 2021 pending the Covid-19 pandemic.


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