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The Resource Border Districts

Border Districts

Label
Border Districts
Title
Border Districts
Statement of responsibility
Gerald Murnane
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Language
eng
Summary
A new work by a master of contemporary Australian fiction, highly regarded overseas, but little-known here. Giramondo's publication of Border Districts, and the retrospective volume Collected Short Fiction (early next year) is a collaboration with the distinguished New York publisher Farrar Straus Giroux.Conceived as Gerald Murnane's last work of fiction, Border Districts was written after the author moved from Melbourne to a small town on the western edge of the Wimmera plains, near the border with South Australia. The narrator of this fiction has made a similar move, from a capital city to a remote town in the border country, where he intends to spend the last years of his life. It is a time for exploring the enduring elements of his experience, as these exist in his mind, images whose persistence is assured, but whose significance needs to be rediscovered. Readers of Murnane's earlier work will recognise some of these images: the dark-haired young woman at a window; the ancestral house set in grasslands; coloured glass, marbles, goldfish, the outfits of jockeys. Murnane's images often draw their power from the light that falls upon them from a distant or mysterious source. But he also considers the possibility that the mind casts its own light, imbuing the images in the observer's mind with the colours of his soul.As Murnane's narrator declares, 'the mind is a place best viewed from borderlands'. In this work, Border Districts also refers to the border country between life and death; and there is another meaning, in the narrator's discovery of others who might share his world, even though they enter it from a different direction, across the border districts which separate, or unite, two human beings
Summary
A man moves from a capital city to a remote town in the border country, where he intends to spend the last years of his life. It is time, he thinks, to review the spoils of a lifetime of seeing, a lifetime of reading. Which sights, which people, which books, fictional characters, turns of phrase, and lines of verse will survive into the twilight? Feeling an increasing urgency to put his mental landscape in order, the man sets to work cataloging this treasure, little knowing where his "report" will lead and what secrets will be brought to light
Storyline
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Award
Prime Minister's Literary Awards: Fiction, 2018.
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10613890
Cataloging source
ANL
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1939-
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Murnane, Gerald
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
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a fiction
Label
Border Districts
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:2b1b57c5-565f-4c76-8aea-9db7d64f25e7
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925336580
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Border Districts
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:2b1b57c5-565f-4c76-8aea-9db7d64f25e7
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781925336580
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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