Ashley Kalagian Blunt

My Name is Revenge, Ashley Kalagian Blunt

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Back in pre-computer days when the History taught in our schools seemed to be fixated on Medieval England to the exclusion of everywhere and everything else (including Aboriginal history which has always pissed me off in the extreme), we, unsurprisingly given the myopic focus, never explored events surrounding either of the World Wars. Since then my forays into education in this sphere have been shamfully sporadic so I'm grateful for this novella and essay which is casting some light into this corner. 

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My Name is Revenge

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My Name Is Revenge is in two parts. There is a novella, and an essay reflecting on the historic events that inspired that novella, and meditating also on how history can inform fiction. In the essay the writer says she hopes everything she writes will ‘arouse curiosity’. Both the novella and the essay do just that, and also much, much more. Both pieces are informed by a passion to express the haunting of almost unimaginable historical crimes, and the tragic shapes that vengeance for those crimes can take.

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Ashley Kalagian Blunt

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Blunt, Ashley Kalagian

Ashley Kalagian Blunt has written for Griffith ReviewMcSweeney’s and Right Now. Her travel memoir, The Pomegranate’s Daughter, was awarded a 2015 Varuna Publisher Introduction Fellowship. She teaches writing and public speaking, and has lived and worked in Canada, Peru, Mexico and South Korea.