No of Pages: 390
ISBN Print: 1 876040 15 7
Almost Full Circle
This is the intimate story of the influences – human, political and artistic – which shaped the life of Harry Seidler, disciple of Bauhaus architecture. Alice Spigelman explores Seidler’s introduction to architecture as a schoolboy in England, the country which betrayed him; his internment in Canada; his Harvard years as a student of Gropius and Marcel Breuer, and finally his years in Australia and the forty year love-hate relationship between him and his critics.
“Harry’s life is a testimony to a quiet yet remorseless determination and a clarity of objective that are apparent in the structure of his life, his architecture and even in his equally distinctive and mature artistic tastes.” Edmund Capon
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About the Author
Alice Spigelman was born in Hungary and moved to Sydney as a child with her family in 1956. She has written plays about psychoanalysis, Virginia Woolf, Miles Franklin and about the burden carried by the children of Holocaust survivors titled A Kind of Reunion. Her biography Almost Full Circle on the international architect and proponent of modernism Harry Seidler was published by Brandl & Schlesinger. Her last book The Budapest Job explores what happens when atrocities are buried and perpetrators go unpunished, set in 1989 in post-communist Hungary and Sydney. She has reviewed books for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and...Read More