EMINENT Australian author Drusilla Modjeska is lecturing on Randolph Stow’s great Papua New Guinea novel, Visitants, at Sydney University on Monday.
Drusilla says that it remains, after all these years, the great Australian novel on PNG.
“No contest,” she asserts.
Visitants has been described as underrated. To which the retort has been that’s an understatement.
The novel, which was published in 1979, is set in the Trobriand Islands and, in Drusilla’s view, remains unsurpassed in outsider fiction of Australia’s “complex near-neighbour, PNG.
“Each time I read it, I admire it more," she says.