Street to Street



Street to Street is one of Brian Castro’s best books yet, a comic-tragic enactment of the anxieties of the writing life, in which the early twentieth-century Sydney poet Christopher Brennan plays a major role. A legendary figure, with a commanding knowledge of classical and European poetry, Brennan wrote some of the most powerful poems in Australian literature. He died an impoverished alcoholic at the age of sixty-one. Castro’s double portrait of the poet and his biographer, the writer-academic Brendan Costa, plays on the disappointment, the guilt, the lack of recognition, which troubles those who live by their imaginations. The novella is the perfect form for Castro’s purpose, its compression heightening the wit and energy of his prose, and his remarkable feel for the embarrassments of character.


Print ISBN : 9781920882952
pp : 160
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October 2012

Brian Castro author imageBrian Castro was born in Hong Kong in 1950 of Portuguese, Chinese and English parentage. In 2003 Giramondo published his novel Shanghai Dancing, which won the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award. The Garden Book, published in 2005, won the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, as was his most recent novel The Bath Fugues. Brian Castro is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide.


Street to Street was longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award.