- Turn Left At Venus
- Ghosts Like Us
- Local Time: a memoir of cities, friendships and the writing life
- 7 Stories, 2 Novellas
- Surrealistic Pillow
- Always Hungry
- With The Tiger
- Three Sydney Novels
- Neem Dreams
- Sun Square Moon
- Sheila Power
- Rascal Rain: a year in Papua New Guinea
- The Edge of Bali
- The Saddest Pleasure
- Between Careers
- Short Prose
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In the 1930s, Ada and Leyla meet as children on a boat bringing migrants from Old Europe to the new World. They talk of seeing kangaroos yet end up living miles apart from each other in suburban Sydney. Their separations are often lengthy but their friendship endures across continents and decades and is a threat in the haunting story of writing, relationships and ageing. Ada (A.L.Ligeti) becomes an author, searching for a Utopian world, exploring aspects of patriarchy and gender in her groundbreaking feminist science fiction novel called Turn Left at Venus. That novel and its sequels are celebrated and much discussed by generations of fans. Memory and imagination fold seamlessly into one another as Ada keeps moving on, from relationships and places, living in hotels and rental spaces in Kings Cross, San Francisco, Ubud and elsewhere.
Baranay’s emotionally resonant portrait of the solitary and artistic life, lived adventurously across space and time, triumphantly celebrates the singularity of being, of age, of imagination, of the ‘getting ready’ for the ending that life demands.
‘A gripping treaty at the crossroads of fictive biography and speculative fiction about what it means to become old. Nothing is left untouched, unexplored. The life of the mind and the life of the body, inner space and outer space. It is a complex, magnificently written novel that replicates the way in which lived life and imagined life keep feeding each other’ — Arianna Dagnino
Published by Transit Lounge in October 2019
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First print review appeared in the Canberra Times. It says “Baranay’s prose is intense and immediate. Readers willing to let go of their own expectations and relinquish control open themselves to an unusual and rewarding reading experience. This is a book of many pleasures” Read the full review here
Why did I write Turn Left At Venus? I answered that question here for Bookloverbookreviews.