Andrew Riemer

Andrew Riemer

is a writer and critic. He lives in Sydney.

About Andrew Riemer

Andrew Riemer, a former academic, is a critic, writer and translator. He was for many years the Chief Book Reviewer of The Sydney Morning Herald. He lives in Sydney.

Articles about Andrew Riemer

Articles by Andrew Riemer

The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet

Semiologists Beware:
The 7th Function of Language

'It would be wrong to regard Binet’s novel as not much more than a sophisticated and hugely entertaining send-up. He sees, certainly, the absurd aspects of semiotics and the other ‘sciences’ his characters profess. But he also registers their allure and fascination. The clue to discovering what that allure and fascination might be has to do with the particular source of his preoccupations. When Theory crossed the English Channel, the Atlantic and then travelled to the Antipodes, it left behind its French playfulness.'

Cloud Cuckoo Land Pastoral: The Last Garden by Eva Hornung

'In place of the dystopian world of post-Soviet Moscow in Dog Boy, Hornung’s new novel land us in a cloud cuckoo land pastoral. Of course, pastorals, no matter how Arcadian, always have their darker sides. This is no exception. The Last Garden begins with a murder-suicide.'

His Stupid Boyhood: A Memoir by Peter Goldsworthy

Same diff: His Stupid Boyhood: A Memoir by Peter Goldsworthy

His Stupid Boyhood is a memoir of the first eighteen years of Goldsworthy’s life and it shares several characteristics of his fiction. It also incorporates some striking poems, perhaps the best writing the book has to offer.