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A brilliant, fiercely profound work of creative non-fiction in the vein of Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts.

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In this extraordinary book, Meera Atkinson explores the ways trauma reverberates over a lifetime, unearthing the traumatic roots of our social structures and our collective history. Using memoir as a touchstone, Atkinson contemplates the causes of trauma and the scars it leaves on modern society. She vibrantly captures her early life in 1970s and ’80s Sydney and her self-reflection leads the reader on a journey that takes in neuroscience, pop psychology, feminist theory and much more.

Searing in its truthfulness and beauty, Traumata deals with issues of our time – intergenerational trauma, family violence, alcoholism, child abuse, patriarchy – forging a path of fearless enquiry through the complexity of humanity.

Meera Atkinson, author of Traumata
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Meera Atkinson

Meera Atkinson is a Sydney-based writer. She was the recipient of the Varuna Dr Dark Flagship Fellowship for 2017, awarded for non-fiction of outstanding quality in social, historical or political writing. Her monograph, The Poetics of Transgenerational Trauma, was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017. She teaches creative writing at the University of Sydney.