A History of Books

Gerald Murnane

$26.95

 

The major work of fiction in this collection, ‘A History of Books’, explores the relationship between reading and writing in twenty nine sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image in the writer’s mind. The memory of the books themselves might have faded, but the images remain in their clarity and import – scenes of discord and madness, a stern-faced man, a young woman on a swing, a glass of beer and rays of sunlight, mountain and woodland and horizon – images which together embody the anxieties and aspirations of a writing life, and its indebtedness to what has been written and read. ‘A History of Books’ is accompanied by three shorter works, ‘As It Were a Letter’, ‘The Boy’s Name was David’ and ‘Last Letter to a Niece’, in which a writer searches for an ideal world, an ideal sentence, and an ideal reader.

‘If you have not read him, you should do so. He is a staggering original…’ Peter Craven, The Age

 

Print ISBN : 978-1-920882-85-3
Epdf ISBN : 978-1-922146-22-9 
Epub ISBN : 978-1-922146-21-2 
pp : 208
Category:
May 2012

About the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He is the author of ten works of fiction. Of these, Tamarisk Row (2008), Inland (2013)Barley Patch (2009), A History of Books (2012), A Million Windows (2014) and Landscape With Landscape (2016), and a collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs (2005), have been published by Giramondo. He is a recipient of the Patrick White Literary Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature, the Adelaide Festival Literature Award for Innovation, and an Emeritus Fellowship from the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Gerald Murnane: online archive – click on this link to access a summary of Murnane's reviews, articles and publishing history. The Paris Review: 'Scenes from Gerald Murnane's Golf Club' The Sydney Review of Books: 'The Still-Breathing Author', an address by Gerald Murnane

Visit the Gerald Murnane: Online Archive

Awards

A History of Books was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in the fiction category. You can read the judges’ comments here.

Reviews

Sydney Morning Herald – review my Andrew Riemer
Sydney Morning Herald – review by Peter Craven
ANZ LitLovers