This review first appeared in Arena Magazine, Number 150, 2017. It appears here in a slightly altered form.
Oscar Martinez’s The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail is an important book for anyone who wants to know why people are forced to flee their home for life in another country. It is the first English translation of Los migrantes que no importan, or, ‘the migrants who do not matter’. The Spanish edition was published in 2010; the English in 2013.
This was first published in Sydney Review of Books, July 2016, under the name of Paul Galimond.
By the late 1960s, when T. G. H. Strehlow was writing what would become Journey to Horseshoe Bend (first published in 1969 and reissued in 2015 by Giramondo), he had already produced key works of Australian ethnology, such as Aranda Phonetics and Grammar (1944), Aranda Traditions (1947), and many articles and papers on Australian Aboriginal societies.