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Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs
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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs : Essays Gerald Murnane , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2005 Z1213211 2005 selected work autobiography essay criticism short story Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2005 pg. 89-116
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Collected Short Fiction Stream System : The Collected Short Fiction of Gerald Murnane Gerald Murnane , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2018 13182651 2018 selected work poetry

    'This volume brings together Gerald Murnane’s shorter works of fiction, most of which have been out of print for the past twenty five years. They include such masterpieces as ‘When the Mice Failed to Arrive’, ‘Stream System’, ‘First Love’, ‘Emerald Blue’, and ‘The Interior of Gaaldine’, a story which holds the key to the long break in Murnane’s career, and points the way towards his later works, from Barley Patch to Border Districts. Much is made of Murnane’s distinctive and elaborate style as a writer, but there is no one to match him in his sensitive portraits of family members – parents, uncles and aunts, and particularly children – and in his probing of situations which contain anxiety and embarrassment, shame or delight.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2018

Works about this Work

The Murnane File : A Memoir Carmel Bird , 2018 single work biography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 77 no. 2 2018; (p. 137-147)

'When my daughter was a baby I knitted for her a pair of woollen bootees in red, green and yellow stripes. I liked them so much I kept them safely and sentimentally for 40 years. But in the end I was defeated by moths. The bootees are now just a tragic bundle of bright, broken stitches, a cluster of airy spaces held together by scrappy twists of coloured wool. They are perhaps also a kind of description of memory, a flawed tangle of broken threads, having the power to stimulate vivid images and deep emotions that have lain cradled in mystery for years and years, clouded by the wash of daily events, day after day after day.' (Introduction)

Skim Sally Blakeney , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 29 August vol. 124 no. 6535 2006; (p. 68)

— Review of Fast, Loose Beginnings : A Memoir of Intoxications John Kinsella , 2006 single work autobiography ; Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs Gerald Murnane , 2005 single work autobiography
Skim Sally Blakeney , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 29 August vol. 124 no. 6535 2006; (p. 68)

— Review of Fast, Loose Beginnings : A Memoir of Intoxications John Kinsella , 2006 single work autobiography ; Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs Gerald Murnane , 2005 single work autobiography
The Murnane File : A Memoir Carmel Bird , 2018 single work biography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 77 no. 2 2018; (p. 137-147)

'When my daughter was a baby I knitted for her a pair of woollen bootees in red, green and yellow stripes. I liked them so much I kept them safely and sentimentally for 40 years. But in the end I was defeated by moths. The bootees are now just a tragic bundle of bright, broken stitches, a cluster of airy spaces held together by scrappy twists of coloured wool. They are perhaps also a kind of description of memory, a flawed tangle of broken threads, having the power to stimulate vivid images and deep emotions that have lain cradled in mystery for years and years, clouded by the wash of daily events, day after day after day.' (Introduction)

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