Texta Book Club: The Mountain By Drusilla Modjeska

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Texta Book Club: The Mountain By Drusilla Modjeska
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Texta is no ordinary book club; it's for people who love art. We use fiction (mostly) to unpack the subjects, themes and emotions of art. Conversation is never colourless, and is facilitated by our brains trust from QUT Creative Writing and Literary Studies.

To coincide with the exhibition 'Painter in paradise: William Dobell', our first book of the year is 'The mountain' by Drusilla Modjeska.

In 1968, Papua New Guinea is on the brink of independence, and everything is about to change. Amidst the turmoil filmmaker Leonard arrives from England with his Dutch wife, Rika, to study and film an isolated village high in the mountains. The villagers' customs and art have been passed down through generations, and Rika is immediately struck by their paintings on a cloth made of bark. Rika and Leonard are also confronted with the new university in Moresby, where intellectual ambition and the idealism of youth are creating friction among locals such as Milton–a hot-headed young playwright–and visiting westerners, such as Martha, to whom Rika becomes close. But it is when Rika meets brothers Jacob and Aaron that all their lives are changed forever.

Join us for a brief tour of the exhibition followed by a glass of wine and generous amounts of healthy conversation about The mountain.

Books can be purchased from the Gardens Point QUT Bookshop or from QUT Art Museum

EXHIBITION: bit.ly/dobellqutam
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By: QUT Art Museum