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Courage by Maria Tumarkin


by Maria Tumarkin

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Writing in English, living in Australia for more than 20 years, Maria Tumarkin is a writer of Russian origin. She was born in Ukraine. Her parents left the then-Soviet Union shortly before that country fell apart, and emigrated to Australia. Tumarkin hold a PhD in Contemporary History, Cultural Studies, Trauma Studies from the University of Melbourne. She describes herself as a freelance writer, teacher, researcher, translator. She has written three books, and is working on her next.

Tumarkin 's books are all closely connected with her own life experience. Courage has a somewhat broader scope. There is the faint suggestion that the author demonstrated courage by emigrating to Australia, while, as she was only 15 at the time, it should be acknowledged that perhaps her parents had the courage to do so. Apart from this slight criticism, Courage is a book which has no equal in contemporary publishing. It is almost as if other writers and philosophers shun big topics like this, or consider them done by classic authors. Tumarkin writes that the Australian philosopher Raimond Gaita was her mentor and has influenced her.

In Courage, Maria Tumarkin explores what courage means in the modern time. She explains and illustrates the concept by describing people in contemporary history who have demonstrated courage.

Very readable, and Maria Tumarkin seems to be an author from whom we may expect many more interesting books. ( )
  edwinbcn | Feb 8, 2015 |
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Where does courage exist? This study looks outside of the contexts of fear, violence, and endurance to examine the nature and expression of courage. To reveal the ideas and practices of bold behavior, the book tracks courage across cultural and historical divides to less spectacular, deeper expressions of power in boldness. Courage happens outside of heroics, in sometimes unexpected parts of public and private life. When courage is stripped of its culturally determined virtue, it is seen as an expression of human—and animal—spirit: explosive and morally ambivalent.

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This book looks for courage outside of the extremes of violence, endurance and fear, tracking it across cultural and historical divides to its less spectacular and deeper forms. It follows courage across the age-divide to children and across the species- divide to animals.… (more)

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