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Skrzynecki, Peter

Peter Skrzynecki was born in 1945 in Germany and came to Australia in 1949. He has published fifteen books of poetry and prose and won several awards including the Grace Leven Poetry Prize and the Henry Lawson Short Story Award. In 1989 he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit by the Polish government. In 2002 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to multicultural literature. His books of poetry include Easter Sunday (1993) and Time\'s Revenge (2000). Other titles include Night Swim (1989) and Immigrant Chronicle (1975) which has been a set text on the New South Wales Higher School Certificate for many years. He has also published two collections of short stories and two novels, the most recent being The Cry of the Goldfinch (1996). He has also edited two anthologies of contemporary Australian writing, including Joseph\'s Coat: An Anthology of Multicultural Writing in Australia (1985). In 2005 his collection of short stories, The Wild Dogs was published in Poland to enthusiastic reviews, and his memoir, The Sparrow Garden (2004) was shortlisted for the National Biography Award. He is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of Western Sydney.
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Immigrant Chronicle (New Edition)

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Peter Skrzynecki is a poet and fiction writer of Polish-Ukrainian descent. His poems are largely poems of reflection and observation, but in the course of their "meditations" on experience they touch on the special pathos of immigrant families as they come to terms with a new and very foreign country. His poems are filled with brilliant and unusual imagery of the Australian landscape. He shows splendid technical ability, a power of restraint and, above all, that overtone of mingled sadness and joy, completely unanalysable, which is pure poetry." Kenneth Slessor "This entirely European combination of world-loss and ancestral harboring, of refuge, is perhaps the most important contribution Skrzynecki has yet made to our poetry." Thomas Shapcott "It is a mark of Skrzynecki's genius that "Immigrant Chronicle" can fairly lay claim to being the best poetical treatment of the immigrant experience, in Australia, since the nineteenth century." Stephen Magee


Old New World: New and Selected Poems

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Peter Skryznecki’s Old New World: New and Selected Poems captures 30 years of poems by one of Australia’s important writers.


The Sparrow Garden

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With his classic Immigrant Chronicle, Peter Skrzynecki harnessed the universal language of poetry. Now, in his powerful memoir The Sparrow Garden, he travels from the Displaced Persons camps of Germany to the suburban battlegrounds of outer Sydney and taunts of "reffo" and "dago". In unforgettable style, he leads us on a bracing rollercoaster of emotions and boyhood adventures. The Sparrow Garden is also the deeply personal story of one man's complex, loving relationship with his parents.


The Wild Dogs

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A rich and poignant story collection from one of Australia's most sensitive and incisive writers.