This reminds me so much of Lois Gowry’s “The Giver” which takes place in a world where all the hills and mountains have been flattened.
Here, the mountains have been flattened to fill in the sea. This is an extract from a piece called "A Walk to Kobe" by Haruki Murakami in the August 2013 Granata.
Scott kept telling me to read this; he’s not sure why, perhaps because it was about and it’s post-apocolyptic. I really enjoyed this book. It was written in the 1950s and it shows, as expected. That’s not to say it showed in a bad way, just that it was evident. I guess I don’t read that many books written in the 1950s …
The oddness with which the coming radioactive cloud is greeted is haunting and touching. Everyone knows it, but everyone, in their way, pretends that it’s not. The story is set in Melbourne, the last major city on the planet to be exposed. The main character is the commander of a US submarine but we enter the story through an Australian man, in the end the most rational of them all. It ends with a Thelma and Louise style ride:
"Once on the highway she trod on it, and went flying down the unobstructed road at seventy miles an hour in the direction of Geelong, a bareheaded, white-faced girl in a bright crimson costume, slightly intoxicated, driving a big car at speed."
This images makes up for the other images of women for me. It is of it’s time.
On a side note the submarine in the story visits both Adelaide and Vancouver Island - our homes.
Amber Dawn, Ivan E. Coyote, Michelle Orange, Michelle Tea, and Stephen Elliott himself are all groundbreaking authors who create a perceived accessibility with their voices, a nod to understanding that the issues they unpack can be personally difficult for readers to process.
Organising my stuff for Banff. This well-loved notebook containing much of the story I’m working on and covered in versions of the signatures of some of the people who inspire me most, regrettably, stays behind … transcribed and now leave-behind-able. We will embrace again soon sweet friend!