"Bitter Heritage" or New Birth? Two Novels by Randolph Stow
Associazione Laureati in Lingue, University of Udine
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communication and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
Randolph Stow’s two novels, To the Islands and Toumaline, are set in the remote and arid north of Western Australia. Is hostile environment is depicted as a site of spiritual purgation and desolation. But today iron and gas deposits of enormous value have been discovered in this area and the adjacent ocean, and some of the world’s largest industrial developments threaten both its fragile ecology and its storehouse of priceless indigenous rock art. Stow’s novels are read as a warning of how easily success can disintegrate into hopelessness, and how tenuous our grip on spiritual fulfilment can be.