June 2020 Non-Fiction Lead Titles

Amnesia Road: Landscape, Violence and Memory Luke Stegemann


Paperback | Jun 2020 | NewSouth | 9781742236728 | 320pp | 234x153mm | GEN | AUD$34.99, NZD$39.99

How vast then is forgetting — of language, of places, of the dead? Are these even things that can be measured? They are not — but they can be described.

Amnesia Road is a powerful literary consideration of historic violence in two different parts of the world, the seldom-visited mulga plains of south-west Queensland and the backroads of rural Andalusia. It is also an unashamed celebration of the landscapes where this violence — frontier conflict and civil war — has been carried out. 

Australian Hispanist Luke Stegemann uncovers neglected history and its victims and asks where such forgotten people can find a place in contemporary debates around history, nationality, guilt and identity. Stegemann writes powerfully about these landscapes, finding threads of forgotten history, particularly the brutal murderous Indigenous history that is so often deliberately ignored and the mass killings of civilians in the Spanish Civil War, in Andalusia and Cádiz in particular. 

Characterised by beautiful, lush writing that remains unflinching, this book prompts us to consider traumatic history and the places where it unfolded in new ways.