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A History of Books

A History of Books by Gerald Murnane
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This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer’s mind. The titles aren’t given but the reader follows the clues, recalling in the process a parade of authors, the great, the popular, and the now-forgotten. The images themselves, with their scenes of marital discord, violence and madness, or their illuminated landscapes that point to the consolations of a world beyond fiction, give new intensity to Murnane’s habitual concern with the anxieties and aspirations of the writing life, in the absence of religious belief. A History of Books is accompanied by three shorter pieces of fiction which play on these themes, featuring the writer at different ages, as a young boy, a teacher, and an old recluse.
Giramondo Publishing; May 2012
216 pages; ISBN 9781922146212
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Title: A History of Books
Author: Gerald Murnane
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At wan with poetry - Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:04:39 -0700
Sydney Morning HeraldAt wan with poetrySydney Morning HeraldMurnane has produced a masterly summation of the way the world of ...
explorer in a novel landscape - The Australian
Fri, 08 Jun 2012 07:05:34 -0700
The Australianexplorer in a novel landscapeThe AustralianMurnane's new, four-part work, A History of Books, has a mesmeric ...
Off my high horse - Sydney Morning Herald
Fri, 02 Nov 2012 06:06:19 -0700
Sydney Morning HeraldOff my high horseSydney Morning HeraldThe symmetry of this delighted me: the man who had once been ...
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