This story, set in Australia and Bosnia and about an Aboriginal boy, deals with issues of black and white relations, ethnic conflict and multi-culturalism.
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'Raki' is the Australian Aboriginal generic word for rope, the unifying metaphor of Wongar's novel, representing the conquered or bound state of oppressed people. From the confines of an outback Australian prison cell to war-torn Serbia, Raki invokes a powerful story of enchantment and struggle - the struggle to uphold traditions and nurture memory and joyous fortitude in the face of human devastation. Drawing on tragic similarites between the forced separation of Aboriginal children from their tribal families and the decimation of his Serbian native land, B. Wongar has written an epic surprisingly optimistic novel. And the unifying symbol is raki - the rope which fuses the historical facts, linking the Serbian and Aboriginal cultures to time immemorial. But raki is also the yoke of servitude, the rope which snaps with the shock of genocide, but which ultimately binds people together with love.From Kirkus Reviews:
Over the past three decades Wongar's stories and novels (Gabo Djara, 1987, etc.) have been shaped by and focused on crimes against humanity. With myth-derived images, often surreal or grotesque, and melodic tributes to ancient tribal knowledge, he's cried out against the decimation and attempted de-culturization of Australia's Aboriginals. Here, the author, born Streten Bozic in Serbia (he includes a brief autobiographical introduction), parallels the plight of two peoples linked in agony: Serb peasants and the Aboriginals. ``Instead of `history' we have the word `ancestry,' '' writes the nameless prisoner who will escape at the close--as a dingo (a wild dog that, to the tribal people, is a reborn human soul). In Wongar's version of Serbia, trees, boulders, animals and birds, and unseen beings, as in Australia, hold the stories of a place and a people. The stories his Serbian characters tell one another concern the continuity of horror, stretching from the Ottoman invasion of the Middle Ages down to the arrival of the Nazis and their Croat allies. In Australia, the invaders are whites who would mine uranium, test nuclear bombs, and round up and contain the Aboriginals. Men are hunted down and shot; children are roped together and taken away while their horrified mothers watch. The scenes shift from deserts, prisons, and poor villages to chilling commentaries by overseers mulling the utilization of captive people--should they be laborers, should they be done away with, or should they be preserved as curios? Horrors and atrocities mount, while the Aboriginals' native-woven rope (raki) becomes a symbol of captivity, a noose strangling both peoples. Wongar even extends his criticism to the media, which he excoriates for ``maligning'' Serbs. (Certainly their tragic past cuts deep.) A harsh, hoarse, repetitive collage of voices, images of terror, and desperate struggles for life: a nagging plaint, perhaps, but occasionally as haunting as a dingo's howl. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Estado de conservación: good. 789 Gramm. Nº de ref. de la librería M00207184224-G
Descripción Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1994. Soft Cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good-. First Edition. 252, bibliography. Remainder mark to base. Paper yellowing, no creases to spine. ; Remainder; B&W Illustrations; 12mo. Nº de ref. de la librería 5686
Descripción Angus & Robertson, Pymble, New South Wales, 1994. Softcover (Illustrated). Estado de conservación: Very Good. Illustrated Ilustrador. First Edition. acknowledgements, preface by author, glossary and bibliography. The text is illustrated with the occasional black-and-white drawing. Photographic card cover with red, blue and gold coloured titles to the front panel and white and silver coloured titles to the back strip. From the vast Outback of Australia to war-torn Serbia, the author tells a story of a struggle ". -- the struggle to uphold traditions and nurture memory in the face of human devastation. Drawing on tragic similarities between the forced separation of Aboriginal children from their tribal families and the decimation of his Serbian homeland, B. Wongar has written an epic, unforgettable novel. And the unifying symbol is Raki - the rope which binds historical facts, linking the Serbian and aboriginal cultures to time immemorial. But raki is also the ochre servitude, the rope snaps with the shock of genocide." -- from the rear panel blurb. Creasing to the book corners with rubbing of the book edges and panels. Browning of the text block edges and pages. Fading of the back strip. This is the first Australian edition. Size: Mid Sized Paperback. , VI - XI, , 2 - 251,  pages, Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Illustrated. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Literature & Literary; Australia; Indigenous Cultures. ISBN: 0207184224. ISBN/EAN: 9780207184222. Inventory No: 0120235. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $7.80 for shipment within Australia. . Nº de ref. de la librería 0120235
Descripción Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1994. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. 1st Edition. p. Original illustrated wrappers. Publisher's review notice loosely inserted. A close to fine first printing. Nº de ref. de la librería 27248