Prochownik's Dream

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Allen & Unwin, 2006 - Artists - 332 pages
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Alex Miller's latest novel Prochownik's Dream is about an artist who hasn't been able to paint or draw for years, not since the death of his father. When he suddenly finds the inspiration to work again, it creates all sorts of tensions in his life, as he alienates his wife and neglects his child. Prochownik's Dream is about the creative impulse and the difficulty of negotiating art and life and about the struggle to reconcile dreams with reality, and fantasy with family.

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Page 94 - I had found the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
Page 279 - I came to Warley on a wet September morning with the sky the grey of Guiseley sandstone. I was alone in the compartment. I remember saying to myself: "No more zombies, Joe, no more zombies.
Page 243 - Night falls. On the second floor of the Hotel Printania two windows have just lighted up. The building-yard of the New Station smells strongly of damp wood: tomorrow it will rain in Bouville.
Page 91 - He put his arm around her and kissed her on the mouth. 'You don't have to bear anything. Don't be silly! There's nothing to bear. I love you.
Page 269 - Teresa stood at the far end of the passage silhouetted against the light from the courtyard windows. He lifted Nada into his arms and hugged her to him. She struggled to loosen his grip. 'Uncle Andy sold your pictures. Daddy!' she cried breathlessly. 'He said we're going to be rich!
Page 36 - His abandonment of paint and canvas and the switch to installations on the death of his father had been as much a surprise to him as it had been to everyone who knew him.
Page 249 - It was the most important thing he had ever done. He was sure of it.

About the author (2006)

Alex Miller is twice winner of Australia's premier literary prize, The Miles Franklin Literary Award, first in 1993 for The Ancestor Game and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, in 1993 for The Ancestor Game. His fifth novel, Conditions of Faith, won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2001 New South Wales Premier's Awards. In 2011 he won this award a second time with his most recent novel Lovesong. Lovesong also won the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Awards, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Age Fiction Prize for 2011. In 2007 Landscape of Farewell was published to wide critical acclaim and in 2008 won the Chinese Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Best Novel and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. It was also short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the ALS Gold Medal and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Alex is published internationally and widely in translation. Autumn Laing is his tenth novel.

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