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Ghosts Like Us By Inez Baranay
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3 eras, 3 women: linked by Berlin, performance art, and a poem In the 1890s young poet Erika Kieler attends the most progressive artistic salon in Berlin to perform her poem inspired by a visitor... More > from the capital of the Ottoman Empire. In 1989, just before the Wall comes down, punk artist Trudi Zahn performs her own version of the same poem in an East Berlin club. And in 2009 Lottie Hoffmann prepares to perform Trudi’s work at a cabaret for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The story explores the drive for women’s authentic creativity and personal freedom, cross-cultural exchange, interpretations of history, artistic influence, and a universe in which ghosts appear.< Less
With The Tiger By Inez Baranay
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Australian teenager Larry Darrell goes on a backpacking trip to India and finds his life changed for ever. Back home he refuses the opportunities and privileges of his former life and breaks up with... More > his fiancée Isabel. His travels seeking the meaning of chance and death take him to personal growth workshops, a fashionable ashram, the worlds of art and politics, a Buddhist monastery and an Indian saint. Meanwhile Isabel achieves wealth and status in marriage with Grey, a Queensland property developer. By the end of the 1980s they are bankrupt and disgraced. And Isabel will stop at nothing to get Larry back. Ten years later they meet again in Sydney, along with Isabel’s camp, domineering uncle Elliott, their grieving, badly-behaved old friend Sophie, and Will Maugham, the playwright who narrates this story. With The Tiger is a contemporary take on the Somerset Maugham novel The Razor’s Edge (1944), which popularised the idea of the Westerner’s search for meaning in “spiritual India”.< Less
Neem Dreams By Inez Baranay
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Set in southern India in the mid 1990s. Four strangers are on quests related to India’s neem tree. Meenakshi runs a village-based women’s project. Pandora is an eco scientist looking for... More > a story. Jade wants natural products for a New York store. Andy hopes to find a cure for HiV/AIDS. The neem has been used since ancient times for household, medicinal and agricultural purposes and now is the centre of the clash between tradition and modernisation. When first published in India in 2003 Neem Dreams was widely acclaimed for the accuracy of observation and the pitch perfect depiction of the various characters.< Less
Rascal Rain: a year in Papua New Guinea By Inez Baranay
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In 1992 the author left her inner city life in Sydney to take up a volunteer position working with and for women in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. She landed in the intersection of very old... More > cultures with the very latest in western religion, mining and development philosophies. The opposition of the men in power, the extreme otherness of the culture and the isolation were the difficulties; the beauty and fascination of the place and new friendships found there were the joys. This new edition includes an Afterword about the writing and reception of the book, which was first published in 1992. More at http://www.inezbaranay.com/?books=rascal-rain-a-year-in-papua-new-guinea< Less
Between Careers By Inez Baranay
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In Sydney in the late 1970s, a well-educated young woman, Vita, also has a life as a call girl, Violet. Vita’s friends are intrigued, scandalised, disapproving. Violet’s world is made up... More > of not only her clients but the other women she works with, who have much to teach her. The two worlds collide when both Vita and Violet meet an attractive actor. Which does he want? Which does she want to be?< Less
Sheila Power: an entertainment By Inez Baranay
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Sydney, 1990. Sheila Power's crowning achievement in a spectacular career is making a film based on a cult novel, whose real life characters turn up in her own life. Her project brings her new... More > enemies to vanquish, new friends to treasure, the love of her life, and empowering revelations as well as erotic experiences from Past Lives Sex Therapy. A queer comedy of manners that turns into a thriller.< Less
7 Stories, 2 Novellas By Inez Baranay
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A collection of short stories, 7 Stories of Mystery, Romance and Fabulation, mostly previously published, which include stories of a vampire cousin, aliens at a women's gathering, a woman with a... More > penis for a day, a lover both man and woman, Heathcliff appearing to a desiring woman. The 2 novellas of the 60s, previously published, tell of teenage girls in the 1960s, stories of, love, identity and protest, of revolutionary music, rebellion and experiment, of Sydney and Asia, of the spirit of the times and the promise of the times ahead. From a critically acclaimed writer, author of 11 other books.< Less
7 Stories, 2 Novellas By Inez Baranay
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7 Stories of Mystery, Romance and Fabulation Wish for a man like Heathcliff and Heathcliff appears. Wish you had a penis for a day and there it is. Wish for a lover both man and woman and... More > that’s what you get. Your cousin from Transylvania arrives to make you a vampire. Aliens from outer space arrive at a new age women’s gathering. A fictional character argues with her creator. Queer desire, the supernatural and literary pleasure make up the worlds of these short stories. Surrealistic Pillow and Pearl of the Orient: 2 novellas of the 60s Two stories of teenage girls in the 1960s, stories of, love, identity and protest, of revolutionary music, rebellion and experiment, of Sydney and Asia, of the spirit of the times and the promise of the times ahead.< Less
Always Hungry By Inez Baranay
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Described in reviews as “refreshing, sophisticated, playful, beguiling, horrifying and sexy” this is a vampire story for literate adults, in a world of writers, cult figures and... More > international travel. Yearning for the lands of the old gods, escaping the pressures of New York, controversial cultural commentator Marisa comes to Amsterdam in search of escape and inspiration. A fiery transsexual cult figure follows her intent on a showdown. A mysterious blonde beauty has waited centuries to be ready for this. The tenth book in Inez Baranay’s lively and varied career, Always Hungry is an erotic entertainment about ambition, mortality and relationships, a social comedy with a chilling edge, with questions about the rationalisations we all make when our way of life is based on the suffering of others.< Less
Pagan By Inez Baranay
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Based on a true story, set in Sydney in the 1950s, Pagan is a story of the new music, the new migrations and the old magick. A world-famous composer meets a scandalous artist known as a witch, while... More > his music student falls in love with a young newspaper reporter who is supposed to help ruin him. Pagan chronicles a society in transition, contains a moving evocation of young love, and tries to unravel the circumstances of a scandal of reputed orgies and pornographic photographs. The novel also deals with the feminist tradition of Wicca - witchcraft - and the highs and lows that individual live can encompass.< Less