Barley Patch (Australian Literature Series)

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Dalkey Archive Press, Sep 20, 2011 - Fiction - 296 pages
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Discover the Australian novelist ranked by Ladbrokes as a top-five contender for the 2010 Nobel Prize.

Barley Patch takes as its subject the reasons an author might abandon fiction—or so he thinks—forever. Using the form of an oblique self-interrogation, it begins with the Beckettian question “Must I write?” and proceeds to expand from this small, personal query to fill in the details of a landscape entirely unique in world letters, a chronicle of the images from life and fiction that have endured and mingled in the author’s mind, as well as the details (and details within details) that they contain. As interested, if not more so, in the characters from his books—finished or unfinished—as with the members of his family or his daily life, the narrator lays bare the act of writing and imagining, finally giving us a glimpse of the mythical place where the characters of fiction dwell before they come into existence in books.

In the spirit of Italo Calvino and Georges Perec, Barley Patch is like no other fiction being written today.

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User Review  - JimElkins - LibraryThing

An extremely inventive experimental novel, with a distinctive authorial voice. The back cover copy compares it to Calvino and Perec: the first is wrong, and the second is misleading. It's a book about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing

Mention the name Gerald Murnane in literary circles and words like 'genius', 'highbrow', and 'Nobel contender' are bandied about freely and, perhaps, not without reason. Murnane is considered to be ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1939. He is the author of eight works of fiction, including Barley Patch, Inland, The Plains, and Tamarisk Row, as well as a collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs. Murnane has been a recipient of the Patrick White Award and the Melbourne Prize. Barley Patch won the 2010 Adelaide Festival Award for Innovation.

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