Friday, January 26, 2007

Australian Authors Abroad for Australia Day

German edition of Arthur Upfield bookA recent documentary "In Search of Bony" (SBS TV 25 January, 2007) made the point that the author Arthur Upfield was almost forgotten in Australia, but still sold in France and Germany.

I did a quick search and found Upfield's books books in French and German. This sparked my interest, so for Australia Day I created Amazon store of books about Australia and by Australians in French and Australians in German.

The Australian Embassy in Paris had a list of popular Australian authors, so I included them. Some of them were only available in French, others in German, some in English. Here are the ones I cluld find in all three languages:

AuthorFrench TitleGerman TitleEnglish Title
Murray BailEucalyptusEukalyptusEucalyptus
Peter CareyVĂ©ritable Histoire du Gang KellyDie wahre Geschichte von Ned KellyTrue History of the Kelly Gang
Bruce ChatwinLe Chant des PistesTraumpfadeSong Lines
David MaloufJe me souviens de Babylone Jenseits von BabylonRemembering Babylon
Patrick WhiteVoss VossVoss

I sent a list to the Australian Embassy in Paris and Berlin.

German edition of Eucalyptus by Murray Bail with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe on the coverps: The German edition of Eukalyptus has Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe on the cover. But the film adaption of the book featuring them was "postponed".

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