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Personal, philosophical, and conceptual essays by an Australian architect, on the meaning of "home" and "place," on architecture in Australia, houses for Aboriginal people, Australian history, her personal connection with Aboriginal red dirt country, all centering around the Hojiki, an early Japanese text on the human-sized house, and on the metaphorical meaning of a number of Japanese characters.

 

“An enjoyable and illuminating read, Gillian Barlow’s, The Hojoki: Re-membered is a rhizoma-tic memoir exploring a multifaceted journey of coming home to oneself. From a series of transliterated extractions of the Japanese literary classic, Hojoki: The Ten Foot Square Hut which wax somehow both profound and whimsical, Barlow explores everything from the architectural value of the verandah, to a flash of childhood memory, to aboriginal housing projects, travel misadventures, aikido, gardening, and an accounting of her own heritage. These zuihitsu-styled juxtapositions wend a scenic route into her discovery of what is truly needed: a feeling of ‘home’ in architecture, in language, in the body, in red dirt country, despite vast uncertainty, and in connection with everything else.” — Carrie Nassif, author of lithopaedian (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press).

 

ISBN 9781736525869

September 15, 2022

$20 US

$28 (AUD)

Kindle $9.99

Gillian Barlow

The Hojoki Re-membered