Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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Author's abstract: 'A major preoccupation in David Malouf's fiction - particularly in evidence in Remembering Babylon but also in An Imaginary Life - has to do with the relationship between words and things, and with the quest for a kind of language that might be in complete harmony with reality.

At times, Malouf seems to believe this quest can be successful, in spite of the arbitrary and conventional nature of language. But this conviction is undermined by the realisation that language gives shape to reality as we see it, that it is creative rather than simply referential' (99).


  • Epigraph: We have only to find the name, and let its illumination fill us. (D Malouf, An Imaginary Life.)

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  • Appears in:
    y Commonwealth Heritage; Commonwealth : Essays and Studies vol. 27 no. 1 Autumn 2004 Z1217220 2004 periodical issue 2004 pg. 99-110
  • Appears in:
    y Reconciliations Ágnes Tóth (editor), Bernard Hickey (editor), Richard Nile (editor), Perth : API Network , 2005 Z1401235 2005 anthology criticism Perth : API Network , 2005 pg. 119-132
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