Editions, (Sydney) March/April 1991


Baranay skilfully brings the full weight of historical perspective to her account of the 1950s antipodean happenings. … The real strength of Pagan, however, lies in its structural complexity. The novel is a narrative tour de force. Baranay uses techniques which exist at the outer limits of discontinuity, offering a multitude of narrative viewpoints and voices. The risk of this approach, of course, is that not all the narrative personae will be credible, but Baranay doesn’t falter. Even when using the unusual second person singular to present Eveleen Warden’s early years, the narrative remains arresting and convincing…. Her open, inclusive style challenges the narrow, authoritarian attitudes of the society she portrays…

-Editions, (Sydney) March/April 1991