A Foot in the Stream single work   prose   travel  
  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1985 1985
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    y 12 Edmondstone Street David Malouf , London : Chatto and Windus , 1985 Z383858 1985 selected work autobiography essay

    'Malouf invites us on an intimate, beautifully described journey into his own past, beginning in his childhood home.

    'This remarkable book combines autobiography with a subtle, almost painterly sense of the ways in which the objects which we surround ourselves, and the places in which we live, build up our private maps of reality and shape our personal mythologies. David Malouf begins by describing in love, evocative detail, the house in Brisbane where he was born and grew up, moving from room to room, always relating the smallest items in it to the life he remembers and his widening perception of the world at large. He moves on to describe life in the Tuscan village where he lived, and the arrival of an Australian Television crew; reflecting on his first visit to India, he touches on the problems of interpreting and evaluating unfamiliar places; back in Australia, he recalls a traumatic wartime journey with his father from Brisbane to Sydney. Funny, humane and beautifully written, this is a unique and extraordinary essay in autobiography.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb (Vintage reprint). (Sighted: 9/5/2014)

    London : Chatto and Windus , 1985
    pg. 103-122
  • Appears in:
    y Hotel Asia Robin Gerster (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1995 Z84729 1995 anthology short story prose extract biography travel Ringwood : Penguin , 1995
  • Appears in:
    y Of Sadhus and Spinners : Australian Encounters with India Bruce Bennett (editor), S. K. Sareen (editor), Susan Cowan (editor), Asha Kanwar (editor), Noida Pymble : HarperCollins , 2009 Z1615496 2009 anthology short story prose extract Noida Pymble : HarperCollins , 2009 pg. 142-148

Works about this Work

The Long Hand of Murray Bail : Travel and Writing Paul Sharrad , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journeying and Journalling : Creative and Critical Meditations on Travel Writing 2010; (p. 25-36)
'In this paper Paul Sharrad suggests that Murray Bail 'could not have produced most of his work without journeying abroad, and that his book of travel observations, Longhand, offers insights into one particular kind of 'journeying' as well as his reliance on material picked up along his journeying out from and back to Australia. While he began serious writing around the age of 19 in his native South Australia, and composed some other stories during his years in Melbourne working in advertising, Bail did not really get going as a published writer until he had been overseas for several years, first in India and then England and Europe. His jottings in Longhand: a Writer's Notebook, show on the one hand, how his sense of being a writer affects his recording of the travel experience, and secondly, how much his travels have had an impact on his fiction.'' (25-26)
Transformations of the Tourist Gaze: India in Recent Australian Fiction Graham Huggan , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Summer vol. 38 no. 4 1993; (p. 83-89)
The Long Hand of Murray Bail : Travel and Writing Paul Sharrad , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journeying and Journalling : Creative and Critical Meditations on Travel Writing 2010; (p. 25-36)
'In this paper Paul Sharrad suggests that Murray Bail 'could not have produced most of his work without journeying abroad, and that his book of travel observations, Longhand, offers insights into one particular kind of 'journeying' as well as his reliance on material picked up along his journeying out from and back to Australia. While he began serious writing around the age of 19 in his native South Australia, and composed some other stories during his years in Melbourne working in advertising, Bail did not really get going as a published writer until he had been overseas for several years, first in India and then England and Europe. His jottings in Longhand: a Writer's Notebook, show on the one hand, how his sense of being a writer affects his recording of the travel experience, and secondly, how much his travels have had an impact on his fiction.'' (25-26)
Transformations of the Tourist Gaze: India in Recent Australian Fiction Graham Huggan , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Summer vol. 38 no. 4 1993; (p. 83-89)
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    India,
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    South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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