7 / 1996
Igor Maver

The literary creativity of Slovene migrants in Australia in English: The Second Landing by Victoria Zabukovec

The article at first describes the bilingual literary creativity of Slovene migrants in Australia. These migrants, among them the discussed Victoria Zabukovec, already regard Australia as their new home. Zabukovecs novel The Second Landing, published in 1993, is based on the life experiences of her Slovene husband, prior to and posterior to his emigration to Australia immediately after World War Two. It represents a typical and successful example of historical fiction, with elements of fiction and fictionalized biographies, recounting the life experiences of protagonists from various countries of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. She tries to be all along objective and for the most part does not comment on the fatal events, for which the protagonists seem predetermined and which they cannot avoid.