To the Islands
This masterpiece of Australian fiction was written by Randolph Stow when he was just twenty-two. It won for him the coveted Miles Franklin Award and the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature society.
A work of mesmerising power, against a background of black-white fear and violence, To the Islands journeys towards the strange country of one man's soul. Set in the desolate outback landscape of Australia's north-west, the novel tracks the last days of a worn-out Anglican missionary. Fleeing his mission after an agonising confrontation, he immerses himself in the wilderness, searching for the isalnds of death and mystery.
'To the Islands has acquired the status of an Australian classic. Half a century after it was written, its challenges remain central to the continuing quests of European Australians for psychic integration, and for reconciliation with indigenous Australians and with the land itself.' Anthony J. Hassall
'A novel of great originality and depth ... his writing swells with a dark power that makes it seem, in the true sense, inspired.' Encounter