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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 A History of Books
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'This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer's mind. The titles aren't given but the reader follows the clues, recalling in the process a parade of authors, the great, the popular, and the now-forgotten. The images themselves, with their scenes of marital discord, violence and madness, or their illuminated landscapes that point to the consolations of a world beyond fiction, give new intensity to Murnane's habitual concern with the anxieties and aspirations of the writing life, in the absence of religious belief.

'A History of Books is accompanied by three shorter pieces of fiction which play on these themes, featuring the writer at different ages, as a young boy, a teacher, and an old recluse.' (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Epigraph: After a certain age our memories are so intertwined with one another that what we are thinking of, the book we are reading, scarcely matters any more. We have put something of ourselves everywhere, everything is fertile, everything is dangerous, and we can make discoveries no less precious than in Pascal's Pensees in an advertisement for soap.' - Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past
  • Other formats: Also large print.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,:Giramondo Publishing , 2012 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
A History of Books, Gerald Murnane , 2012 single work short story
'A History of Books', a 'work of fiction', 'explores the relationship between reading and writing in twenty-nine sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that left an image in the writer's mind'. (Back cover)
(p. 1-123)
As It Were a Letter, Gerald Murnane , 2001 single work short story (p. 125-165)
The Boy's Name Was David, Gerald Murnane , 2002 single work short story (p. 167-188)
Last Letter to a Niece, Gerald Murnane , 2001 single work short story (p. 189-205)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Untitled William Heyward , 2013-2012 single work review
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , February-March no. 122 2013; (p. 48-49)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story
Review : A History of Books Nicholas Birns , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 222-225)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story
A Year of Experimentation: Australian Fiction Moving On Nigel Krauth , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 92-108)
Well Read Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 7 July 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story ; The Remnants John Hughes , 2012 single work novel
At Wan with Poetry Peter Craven , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 23 June 2012; (p. 27)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story
[Review] A History of Books Blair Mahoney , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , February/March vol. 91 no. 7 2012; (p. 32)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story
Whorls of Thought Adam Rivett , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 342 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story
Untitled Sue Bond , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 June 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story
Explorer in a Novel Landscape Don Anderson , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 June 2012; (p. 22)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story
Secret Society A. P. Riemer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 June 2012; (p. 32-33)

— Review of A History of Books Gerald Murnane , 2012 selected work short story
A Year of Experimentation: Australian Fiction Moving On Nigel Krauth , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 92-108)
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