The Butcherbird Stories

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Transit Lounge Publishing, 2019
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New paperback edition of highly praised collection of stories.'One of the most interesting and valuable writers working in Australia today.' The Australian Eleven stories. Each like a matchstick struck to illuminate the darkness. Evocations of place ranging from a Bangla jungle to the deep, blue Danube to a winter beach in Melbourne excite and seduce. But what truly draws the reader in are the unexpected landscapes of people's lives, explored with rare sensitivity, grace and a fearless truthfulness. A lonely St Kilda chef invites a beautiful busker to use his spare room. A father sings a lullaby to comfort his young daughter who has woken from a nightmare. A taxi driver picks up an old-world gentleman who is reluctant to disclose his destination. A young immigrant boy growing up in the western suburbs of Melbourne daydreams of infinite possibility.Death, loneliness, passion and belief: Patri¿ takes on the big questions in life and writes about the small people of the world with stylistic verve and deep humanity.

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About the author (2019)

A.S. Patric was born in Zemun, Serbia, but has lived in Australia since childhood. He is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Melbourne, and is a bookseller. His short stories include The Rattler and Other Stories (2011), Las Vegas for Vegans (2012), and Bruno Kramzer: A Long Story (2013). His debut novel is Black Rock White City, for which he won the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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