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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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, Australia in 1939. In 1956, he matriculated from De La Salle College Malvern. He briefly trained for the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1957, but decided to become 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 degree from the University of Melbourne in 1969, then worked in the Victorian Education Department until 1973. He is the author of numerous books including Tamarisk Row, A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains, Landscape with Landscape, Inland, Velvet Waters, Emerald Blue, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs, Barley Patch, A History of Books, and A Million Windows. He won the Victorian Literary Award 2016 in the Nonfiction category for Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf.

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