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Issue Details: First known date: 2001 2001
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  • Appears in:
    y Southerly That Fatal Song : Judith Wright & A. D. Hope vol. 61 no. 1 David Brooks (editor), Rushcutters Bay : Halstead Press , 2001 Z897164 2001 periodical issue Rushcutters Bay : Halstead Press , 2001 pg. 45-68
  • Appears in:
    y The Best Australian Stories 2001 Peter Craven (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2001 Z936532 2001 anthology short story Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2001 pg. 66-95
  • Appears in:
    y A History of Books Gerald Murnane , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012 Z1852640 2012 selected work short story

    'This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer's mind. The titles aren't given but the reader follows the clues, recalling in the process a parade of authors, the great, the popular, and the now-forgotten. The images themselves, with their scenes of marital discord, violence and madness, or their illuminated landscapes that point to the consolations of a world beyond fiction, give new intensity to Murnane's habitual concern with the anxieties and aspirations of the writing life, in the absence of religious belief.

    'A History of Books is accompanied by three shorter pieces of fiction which play on these themes, featuring the writer at different ages, as a young boy, a teacher, and an old recluse.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2012
    pg. 125-165
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