Maria Tumarkin, now a Melbourne historian, is never a bore. ... for the most part her account is fascinating, even exhilarating, and there is barely a dead word in the book.
Robert Dessaix, The Age
... even the English language becomes in Tumarkin?s hands a defiantly idiosyncratic tool. Thanks to this highly individual voice, Otherland is another smart and provocative read.
Judith Armstrong, ABR
Home/NewsMaria is awarded one of 2013-14 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, (the best bit of news in a very long time!), December 2012
"The Afterlife of Books", Meanjin, September 2012
Olivera Simic, Elma Softic-Kaunitz and Maria Tumarkin, "Letters from Sarajevo",
Review of Ariel Dorfman's "Feeding on Dreams", The Age, 16 June, 2012.
with Rachel Buchanan, "Bread and Breath: Two Reflections on the Ethics of (Doing) History", Australian Humanities Review, May 2012.
Maria Tumarkin "A Sentimental Yoke", The Wheeler Centre, April 23, 2012.
Sublime and Profane: Our Contemporary Obsession with Food. Kill Your Darlings, Issue 8.
The Whisperer in the Jungle, Meanjin, September 15, 2011.
Review of Raimond Gaita's After Romulus, The Australian, September 10, 2011.
Beyond Truth and Justice, Griffith Review 33, September 3, 2011.
Otherland shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Awards in two categories: Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and Community Relations Commission Award
Otherland shortlisted for "2010 Victorian Premiers Literary Awards" and "The Age Book of the Year Award"
Doing a week's worth of blogging for Random House's author blog.
"Otherland" is released by Random House on the 1st of April 2010.
The latest articles:
15 November 2010
Up to my Elbows in the Grey Zone, Inside Story, 10 November 2010
Giving Until Guilt Goes Away, The Age 30 October 2010
20 May 2010
Ageing parents kept offshore by heartless immigration policy, The Age, 10 May 2010
What it means to be a real journalist, Inside Story, 28 April 2010
25 February 2010
The sound of Silence, The Age, 6 February 2010 (excerpt)
5 May 2009
From an Unconscious State, Griffith Review Edition 24
Mining the Mother Lode, The Age, 18 April 2009
The price is right but not for an untouchable, The Sunday Age, 5 April 2009
BiographyBorn in 1974 in the former Soviet Union in a Russian Jewish family, which in 1989 immigrated to Australia. Author of "Traumascapes" (2005), "Courage" (2007) and "Otherland" (2010). Lives in Melbourne with her two kids.
Otherland is the story of a six-week trip traversing three generations, three lifetimes and three profoundly different but profoundly interconnected stories of mothers and daughters.
Traumascapes is a story about the fate and power of places across the world marked by pain, violence and loss.
People care desperately about courage. For once, I am one of the people. Do you want to know what it means to care desperately?