It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as his spiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion in this tour de force of sexual and psychological menace that sheds brutally honest light on the creative experience."
Source: Penguin Books Australia.
Epigraph: 'As I see it, painting and religious experience are the same thing, and what we are all searching for is the understanding and realisation of infinity.' - Ben Nicholson
Cruelty has a Human Heart,/ And Jealousy a Human Face; /Terror the Human Form Divine,/ And Secrecy the Human Dress./ The Human Dress is forged in Iron,/ The Human Form a fiery Forge,/ The Human Face a Furnace seal'd,/ The Human Heart its hungry Gorge. -William Blake
They love truth when it reveals itself, and they hate it when it reveals themselves. -Saint Augustine
He becomes beyond all others the great Invalid, the great Criminal, the great Accursed One - and the Supreme Knower. For he reaches the unknown. -Rimbaud
Writing Disability in Australia:
See C.A. Cranston's dissertation 'Deformity as Device in the Twentieth-century Australian Novel'.