Romulus, My Father

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Text Publishing, Sep 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
Winner of the 1998 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, Romulus, My Father is an iconic and deeply loved book.

Romulus Gaita fled his home in his native Yugoslavia at the age of thirteen, and came to Australia with his young wife Christina and their infant son Raimond soon after the end of World War II. Tragic events were to overtake the boy's life, but Raimond Gaita has an extraordinary story to tell about growing up with his father amid the stony paddocks and flowing grasses of country Australia.

Written simply and movingly, Romulus, My Father is about how a compassionate and honest man taught his son the meaning of living a decent life. It is about passion, betrayal and madness, about friendship and the joy and dignity of work, about character and fate, affliction and spirituality. No one will read this wonderful book without an enhanced sense of the possibilities of being alive.

'I know of no other book where the love between father and son has been more beautifully expressed.' Robert Manne


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User Review  - oldblack - LibraryThing

I read this book because it was suggested to me by an internet 'friend' (we've never met face-to-face, she lives in America and I live in Australia). I found it somewhat amusing that it would take the ... Read full review

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A searing account of the life of the father of the author - from poverty in Yugoslavia before WW2, to the migrant existence in rural Victoria. It's all there: infidelity, suicides, child neglect ... Read full review

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Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in 1946. He is Emeritus Professor of moral philosophy at Kings College London and a Professorial fellow at the Melbourne Law School and the faculty of Arts of the University of Melbourne. His books include: Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception; Romulus, My Father; A Common Humanity; The Philosopher’s Dog; Essays on Muslims and Multicultralism (as editor and contributor); and After Romulus. A feature film of Romulus, My Father was released in 2007, and won the AFI award for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Young Actor.

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