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The Resource A history of books, Gerald Murnane

A history of books, Gerald Murnane

Label
A history of books
Title
A history of books
Statement of responsibility
Gerald Murnane
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
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.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10120449
Cataloging source
ANL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Murnane, Gerald
Dewey number
823.3
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Short stories, Australian
Target audience
adult
Label
A history of books, Gerald Murnane
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
A history of books -- As it were a letter -- The boy's name was David -- Last letter to a niece
Control code
000048164638
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
205 p.
Isbn
9781920882853
Isbn Type
(pbk.) :
Label
A history of books, Gerald Murnane
Publication
Contents
A history of books -- As it were a letter -- The boy's name was David -- Last letter to a niece
Control code
000048164638
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
205 p.
Isbn
9781920882853
Isbn Type
(pbk.) :

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