Udjerlah’s Song

Udjerlah’s Song (concluded)

Jul 01, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (concluded)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Li-Lo was so happy that she was tempted to ask him to marry her. He was her man, her muthabadah, and she was his udjerlah. There was no longer any doubt about that. But if she had learnt how to go with the flow herself, she remained doubtful that two shackled people, a couple, could hope to do it together. Udjerlah had married herself. She had found her soul mate within and thereby become whole. And her Muthabadah was a whole man himself. Marriage was for people ...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Jun 19, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Reconciliation with Slava took a little longer. He and Li-Lo continued to meet and go for walks with each other at weekends. How could they not? For who could they really talk to, who were their true companions if not each other? In the summer, she invited him to spend another holiday at her seaside home on the Rainy Island. They walked for miles on cliff and beach; under a white cliff, they found their own private beach, where salmon and young seals rode in on t...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Jun 11, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Li-Lo moved out of the flat in Pinebox and went to live in her half-renovated office in the centre of town. She was not really very angry with Slava but she desperately needed her own space. She feared that she always would. Even if she married him, she would not want to see him all the time. The first night, she sat on a broken chair in the main room, looking at the shadows that the streetlamps cast on the bare walls, and revelled in the silence. After a few day...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Jun 01, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Udjerlah’s Song is an adult fairytale, set in Moscow and Central Australia , written and illustrated by Nelen. They washed their clothes in the bath and both understood that a washing machine, if ever it appeared in their lives, was down to him to purchase. He owed it to her. It was a symbol of their equality. Li-Lo did not expect a washing machine to materialise in the near future. But that was where she was wrong. To her surprise, a few weeks later, Slava announced that he had bought a w...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

May 22, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Li-Lo donned her bright red raincoat to stand out in the crowd when she arrived at Moscowville airport. She had a sharp new haircut and new silver spectacles like cubes of ice. Slava would not recognise her, looking so flash, she thought. “Unrecognisable,” he said dryly when he picked her instantly out of the throng. “Hi,” she said. They embraced in a businesslike manner. But it was Slava who was unrecognisable, she realised later, when she started to liv...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

May 15, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen “And so you see,” Slava whispered to Li-Lo, still looking up at the sky, “I found the dark, deceitful and manipulative side of my little self. And that is why a part of me is dying to see you, my dear, my only one, while another part of me does not want to see you at all. That is why I am shit-scared.” Slava shivered. A faint light glimmered on the horizon. On a nearby allotment, a cock crowed three times. Udjerlah’s Song is an adult fairytale set i...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

May 02, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen I am on my way to be a bed rock, a cliff, a stable ground. That is my intention.   In the little flat in Pinebox, Slava stared blankly at the resolution he had written for himself in thick marker pen and stuck up on the kitchen wall. He felt sick. Li-Lo would be arriving in a few days and he needed to get himself into enthusiastic-welcome-mode but instead he felt shit-scared. Several times he had tried to explain to her; several times he had attempted to com...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Apr 17, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Her stomach was in knots. She felt very nervous about returning to the Frozen Country. She walked the beach some more, gathering shells and paddling in the shallows. Coming to meet her, also paddling, was a golden-haired woman. She looked like Venus rising from the waves. She smiled and introduced herself as Charlene. She was in fact a granny, who had just retired to the little seaside town. Li-Lo and Charlene went off together for afternoon tea in a cafй. Charl...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Apr 05, 2011 | 1 Comment

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen Back in Moscowville, the Ministry of Warm Welcomes was in no hurry to issue Li-Lo with a visa. “Your letter of application was not respectful enough,” said a bureaucrat, who finally answered the phone between one of his many tea breaks. “You must write it again, adding six more kowtows.” Li-Lo had hoped to return to the Frozen Country directly from the desert but now she saw that she would probably have to go back to the Rainy Island and wait for the visa...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Mar 29, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen In the meanwhile, she felt she had to complete the task she had set herself – to bring out DreamMag in print. The magazine was already up on a website but Li-Lo thought she owed it to the contributors to produce a glossy version that they could hold in their hands and keep forever. It would be a collection of desert creativity. Even if it only came out once, it would be a thing of beauty, an achievement. Li-Lo would have kept her promises to herself and to the ...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Mar 18, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen She plunged back into work. It was her salvation. She went on an expedition into the desert to gather material for the first edition of her magazine. But when she returned to her bungalow, Li-Lo was still unsettled. One of the members of the magazine team had suddenly taken offence at something she had said, she did not know what, and refused to work with her any more. She was still worrying about Slava in Moscowville. Something was not quite right, her instincts...Read more

Udjerlah’s Song (continued)

Mar 08, 2011 | Discuss

Udjerlah's Song (continued)

Written and illustrated by Nelen In the desert, Li-Lo thought a lot about death. It was natural to do so in such an empty landscape. She began to write a book about love and death. At the start, she would fool the reader into thinking that the young man in the story had really died. At the end, she would show he had only been parted from his lover; that it had only been a rehearsal for death. “I was seeing my beloved for the last time,” wrote Li-Lo. “Through the long night, we kept a silen...Read more