A history of books / Gerald Murnane.
By: Murnane, Gerald.Material type: BookPublisher: Artarmon, N.S.W. : Giramondo Publishing, 2012Description: 205 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781920882853.Subject(s): Short stories, AustralianDDC classification: A823.3
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A history of books -- As it were a letter -- The boy's name was David -- Last letter to a niece.
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.