Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs: Essays
This collection of essays leads the reader into the curious and eccentric imagination of Gerald Murnane, one of the masters of contemporary Australian writing, author of the classic novel The Plains, and winner of the Patrick White Literary Award.
Delicately argued, and finely written, they describe his dislocated youth in the suburbs of Melbourne and rural Victoria in the 1950s, his debt to writers as unlike as Adam Lindsay Gordon, Marcel Proust and Jack Kerouac, his obsession with racehorses and grasslands and the Hungarian language, and above all, his dedication to the worlds of significance that lie within, or just beyond, the familiar details of Australian life.
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Kerouacs Australian life 9 Why I write what I write
Some books are to be dropped into wells
others into fishponds 31 The cursing of Ivan Veliki
Birds of the puszta
or who does the consultant consult?
Invisible yet enduring lilacs
The breathing author
why I learned Hungarian late in life