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Dark Emu


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Bruce Pascoe lives in Australia and has a Bunurong, Tasmanian, and Yuin heritage. Dark Emu won both the Book of the Year Award and the Indigenous Writer's Prize in the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Bruce is currently working on two films for ABC TV and a novel.


"Australia's education system tended to emphasize the struggle and pluck of settlers. Dark Emu shifted the gaze, pointing to peaceful towns and well-tended land devastated by European aggression and cattle grazing. In a nation of 25 million people, the book has sold more than 260,000 copies."
--Damien Cave, New York Times "[A] brisk and lucidly written account...This is an important and deeply researched reinterpretation of Australian history and a stark warning about the danger of accepting received wisdom at face value." STARRED REVIEW
--Publishers Weekly "Unputdownable."
--Darina Allen, Irish Examiner "The truth-telling must go on."
--Stephen Fitzpatrick, The Australian "[A]n important book that advances a powerful argument for re-evaluating the sophistication of Aboriginal peoples' economic and socio-political livelihoods, and calls for Australia to embrace the complexity, sophistication and innovative skills of Indigenous people into its concept of itself as a nation."
--Aboriginal History

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