Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs

Gerald Murnane



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.


Print ISBN : 1-920882-09-X
Epdf ISBN : 978-1-925336-73-3
Epub ISBN : 978-1-925336-74-0
pp : 230pp
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August 2005

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