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Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1939. He spent part of his childhood in country districts in the State of Victoria but returned to Melbourne in 1949 and has never since left. During his working life he was at various times an editor and a teacher, and at his retirement he was senior lecturer in fiction writing at Deakin University. He is the author of seven highly praised books of fiction, and in 1999 he received the prestigious Patrick White Literary Award.


Andrew Zawacki is the author of three poetry books and of several chapbooks. He is co-editor of the international journal Verse, and his criticism has appeared in Boston Review, the Times Literary Supplement, Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, and elsewhere in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, and Central Europe.

 

The Plains

the plainsThe Plains

$14.00 paper | 111 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-930974-28-9
First American Paperback Edition
Publication Date: Fall 2003
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Introduction by Andrew Zawacki

Winner of the Patrick White Literary Award

"The Plains is parable, fable, allegory, analogue, mythology, and vision. It is also subtly satirical and often ingeniously funny . . . Gerald Murnane is unquestionably one of the most original writers working in Australia today and The Plains is a fascinating and rewarding book"
        —The Australian

"The Plains are a vast place inhabited by wealthy landowners whose prime obsession seems to be preserving history by ‘shaping from uneventful days in a flat landscape the substance of myth.’ A film-maker arrives to record aspects of their heritage, discovering symbols, stories and parables that transcend spiritual, political or cultural purposes; even the rugged patriarchy of their world is somehow illusory. Deeply mysterious yet grounded in familiar, everyday detail, this novel is an alchemical miracle, converting vision into pure narrative. A stunning achievement . . ."
        —Debra Adelaide, Sydney Morning Herald

"A mirage of landscape, memory, love and literature itself."
        —Murray Bail

"A teasing and singular novel, one which reverberates in the imagination."
        —Laurie Clancy, Melbourne Age

"One of the finest writers we have produced. He is a master stylist . . . a strenuously original writer with a unique vision and a flawless style."
        —Peter Craven, Melbourne Age

Selection

The plainsman’s heroes, in life and in art, were such as the man who went home every afternoon for thirty years to an unexceptional house with neat lawns and listless shrubs and sat late into the night deciding on the route of a journey that he might have followed for thirty years only to arrive at the place where he sat—or the man who would never take even the one road that led away from his isolated farmhouse for fear that he would not recognise the place if he saw it from the distant vantage points that others used.