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  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1999 1999
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Best Australian Stories 1999 Peter Craven (editor), Melbourne : Bookman Press , 1999 Z119030 1999 anthology short story extract Melbourne : Bookman Press , 1999 pg. 1-7
  • Appears in:
    y Dream Stuff David Malouf , London : Chatto and Windus , 2000 Z270324 2000 selected work short story

    'Here are nine haunting stories from the award-winning author of "Remembering Babylon," in which history and geography, as well as the past and the present, combine and often collide, illuminating the landscape and revealing the character of Australia.

    'An eleven-year-old boy sees his father in his own elongated shadow only to realize that he will not return from the war. In a parting moment, a young woman hired to "marry" vacationing soldiers, grasps the weight of the word "woe." When a failing farmer senselessly murders a wandering aborigine, he imperils his son but discovers in the spring of sympathy that follows the power to influence others.

    'Wise and moving, startling and lyrical, "Dream Stuff" reverberates with the unpredictability of human experience, revealing people who are shaped by the mysterious rhythms of nature as well as the ghosts of their own pasts.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    London : Chatto and Windus , 2000
    pg. 25-32
  • Appears in:
    y The Bulletin vol. 118 no. 6210 8 February 2000 Z604265 2000 periodical issue 2000 pg. 54-56
  • Appears in:
    y Penguin Australian Summer Stories 3 Clare Forster (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 2000 Z982802 2000 anthology short story extract Ringwood : Penguin , 2000 pg. 159-168
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Gay Australian Writing Graeme Aitken (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 2002 Z983883 2002 anthology short story essay correspondence prose poetry extract criticism Ringwood : Penguin , 2002 pg. 295-304
  • Appears in:
    y Encounters : Modern Australian Short Stories Barry Oakley (editor), Rowville : Five Mile Press , 2006 Z1312651 2006 anthology short story biography autobiography Rowville : Five Mile Press , 2006 pg. 101-110
  • Appears in:
    y The Complete Stories David Malouf , New York (City) : Pantheon Books , 2007 Z1422116 2007 selected work short story Sydney : Knopf , 2007 pg. 198-203

Works about this Work

The Bread of Time to Come : Body and Landscape in David Malouf's Fiction Andrew Taylor , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Autumn vol. 74 no. 4 2000; (p. 715-723)
Examines Malouf's representations of the natural world, the human body and landscape as the site and the acting out of a transcendental relationship - a characteristic of Romanticism to be found in Malouf's fiction.
The Bread of Time to Come : Body and Landscape in David Malouf's Fiction Andrew Taylor , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Autumn vol. 74 no. 4 2000; (p. 715-723)
Examines Malouf's representations of the natural world, the human body and landscape as the site and the acting out of a transcendental relationship - a characteristic of Romanticism to be found in Malouf's fiction.
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