Warrior of the Mind- Inga Clendinnen

When I read this interview by journalist Jana Wendt with Inga Clendinnen – my most revered historian- I didn’t know whether to smile or weep.

To be honest, I did both.






My response on learning of her recent death is here.


5 responses to “Warrior of the Mind- Inga Clendinnen

  1. It’s an exquisite piece, an absolute must-read. A poignant, yet sharp exploration of the ground Clendinnen has herself covered: the nexus between the work of the mind and the fragilities of the body.

  2. I have printed this — yes, yes, I still print stuff — to read later. Thanks for posting it RJ because I’ve been wondering about what she’s been doing lately as I don’t seem to have heard of or from her for a while.

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I found myself shocked at this article. Inga Clendinnen in my mind is ageless. Yet here she is; not shirking from things that upset us. Wow.

    • Yes- there’s always been an edge to her history-writing, and it’s still in evidence even now. The article highlights the tension that Clendinnen herself described in ‘Tigers Eye’ between the frailty and limitations of the body, and the mind.

  4. Pingback: Monday musings on Australian literature: Inga Clendinnen | Whispering Gums

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