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Jan Bauer: Under Red Dust- Pre-publication event

Gabriele Urban

Event Date: 15 November 2022
Author / Presenters: Jan Bauer

Jan Bauer is an illustrator and graphic novelist from Hamburg, Germany. His book "Unter Rotem Staub" (Under Red Dust) is a minute exploration of the life of the Warlpiri people in the remote community of Yuendumu over the past ten years. Bauer explains the basics of their complex culture which evolves around the concept of Jukurrpa, or Dreaming. Through personal experiences on his extensive visits to the community he patches the bigger picture of a story that reaches from the precolonial past, the massacres of the frontier wars, to present challenges and peculiarities of community life. His new book follows his first graphic novel "Der Salzige Fluss" (The Salty River, 2015), an autobiographical account of his walk on the Larapinta Trail from Alice Springs to Yuendumu, which has been published in four different languages. The English one has been realised with support from the Goethe-Institut Australia. For the reading at the Goethe-Institut, Jan Bauer comes straight from the Tanami desert, where he showed "Unter Rotem Staub" to the Warlpiri people prior to its release in Germany. Being thrilled to welcome Jan Bauer back in Australia, the Goethe-Institut Melbourne organizes a pre-publication event at which Jan gives an exclusive look into the work-in-progress of publishing his latest graphic novel. The author is working with the Australian publisher Twelve Panels Press which is run by Erica Wagner, Liz MacFarlane and Bernard Caleo. The event takes place at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne on 15th November 2022 at 6pm, refreshments will be provided! We look forward to seeing you there!

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