Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs: Essays

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Giramondo Publishing, 2005 - Australian Essays - 225 pages
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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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The more Murnane I read, the more I want to force him on everyone I know. The more I want to force him on people, the more I'm forced to consider what they should read first. And the more I consider ... Read full review

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The more Murnane I read, the more I want to force him on everyone I know. The more I want to force him on people, the more I'm forced to consider what they should read first. And the more I consider ... Read full review

Contents

Kerouacs Australian life 9 Why I write what I write
9
Some books are to be dropped into wells
25
others into fishponds 31 The cursing of Ivan Veliki
31
Birds of the puszta
45
Pure
51
or who does the consultant consult?
79
Invisible yet enduring lilacs
80
Stream system
89
Secret writing
117
The breathing author
149
why I learned Hungarian late in life
191
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Gerald Murname was born in Melbourne in 1939. In 1956 he matriculated from De La Salle College Malvern. Murnane briefly trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1957. He abandoned this path, however, instead becoming a teacher in primary schools (from 1960 to 1968), and at the Victoria Racing Club's Apprentice Jockeys' School. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne in 1969, then worked in the Victorian Education Department until 1973. From 1980 he began to teach creative writing at various tertiary institutions. Murnane's first two books, Tamarisk Row (1974) and A Lifetime on Clouds (1976), appear to be semi-autobiographical accounts of his childhood. In 1982, he attained his mature style with The Plains, a novel about a young filmmaker who travels to a fictive country within Australia, where his failure to make a film is his most profound achievement. The novel was followed by: Landscape With Landscape (1985), Inland (1988), Velvet Waters (1990), and Emerald Blue (1995). A book of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs, appeared in 2005, and a new work of fiction, Barley Patch, was released in 2009. His more recent works include A History of Books, A Million Windows, and Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf. He made the shortlist for the 2016 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature in the fiction category with A Million Windows.

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