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Peter Carey: “I don’t think forgetting is a peculiarly Australian habit—trauma victims do it all the time”

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Peter Carey © Laura Wilson

In his new novel “Amnesia,” double Booker winner Peter Carey excavates some of the most significant moments in modern Australian history: from the “Battle of Brisbane” in 1943, when local soldiers and civilians clashed violently with American GIs, through the establishment in 1970 of the satellite tracking station at Pine Gap in central Australia, to the dismissal, in November 1975, of the then Labor prime minister Gough Whitlam by the governor general Sir John Kerr—at the behest of the CIA, if…

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