In her exploration of life in rural Australian, author Yumna Kassab draws on horror, crime and gothic inspiration to craft a thematically linked experiment in form and style.
Yumna Kassab is a writer from Western Sydney. She studied medical science and neuroscience at university. Her first book, The House of Youssef, was listed for prizes including the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, Queensland Literary Award, NSW Premier’s Literary Award and The Stella Prize.
In episode 58 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, she speaks to us about her own experiences of rural life, how her science background has influenced her experimental approach to writing, and books as time travel.
Books and authors discussed in this episode
– Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au
– Karl Ove Knausgaard
– Blindness by Jose Saramago
– Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
– The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
– Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
– The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez
– Divorce Is in the Air by Gonzalo Torne
– Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler
– Childhood’s End by Arthur C Clarke
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