Book Launch: ‘The Last Australia Day’ - Professor Manfred Jurgenson

This book raises the provocative question: “Are we in danger of becoming a morally bankrupt people who have had it too easy for too long?"

In the context of a continuing international "war against terror" and other ideological or military conflicts, a global economic crisis and volatile politics, the novel takes us to celebrations of our National Day in a Brisbane suburban backyard, surrounded by the deadly waste and wreckage of Queensland's recent floods. This year's Australia Day party is destined to end in tragedy.

Born of Danish-German background, Professor Manfred Jurgensen has lived most of his adult life in Australia. He has published five novels, an autobiography, twelve volumes of poetry, including a collection of selected poems, "The Otherness of Words", and a history of Australia in verse, "Shadows of Utopia". Despite his deep commitment and love for his adopted country, he admits to many of his cultural views retaining an essentially "European" outlook. "The Last Australia Day" offers some of his thoughts and ideas about his homeland from that distinctive perspective.

Join us for a thought provoking evening as author Professor Manfred Jurgensen speaks about his latest work.
Professor Jurgensen will be signing copies of his book following the launch.

When: Friday 1 February 2013. 6pm
Where: The Library Shop, level 1
Book at:
$10 ticket price includes refreshments
Contact: The Library Shop 3840 7576


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