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The Plains (Text Classics) Hardcover – Import, 3 April 2017

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"The Plains are a vast place inhabited by wealthy landowners whose prime obsession seems to be preserving history by shaping from uneventful days in a flat landscape the substance of myth. A film-maker arrives to record aspects of their heritage, discovering symbols, stories and parables that transcend spiritual, political or cultural purposes; even the rugged patriarchy of their world is somehow illusory. Deeply mysterious yet grounded in familiar, everyday detail, this novel is an alchemical miracle, converting vision into pure narrative. A stunning achievement." --Debra Adelaide, Sydney Morning Herald

"One of the strangest novels I've ever read. Murnane's narrator is a film-maker who, in slow, hypnotic, maddening, recursive prose, recounts his efforts to make a film about the outback. It's a story devoid of "events or achievements". The real plains are the folds of the brain, which contain the elusive matter of memory. Murnane, a genius, is a worthy heir to Beckett. " --Teju Cole Top 10 novels of solitude, The Guardian

"Murnane is quite simply one of the finest writers we have produced." - Peter Craven

"Gerald Murnane is unquestionably one of the most original writers working in Australia today and THE PLAINS is a fascinating and rewarding book…The writing is extraordinarily good, spare, austere, strong, often oddly moving." - The Australian

"A provocative, delightful, diverting must-reread." --Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He has been a primary teacher, an editor and a university lecturer. His debut novel, Tamarisk Row (1974), was followed by nine other works of fiction, including The Plains and, most recently, A Million Windows. In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. He lives in western Victoria.

Ben Lerner has been a Fulbright Fellow, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of Leaving the Atocha Station (2012 Believer Book Award winner) and 10:04. Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.

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  • Publisher : The Text Publishing Company; 2nd ed. edition (3 April 2017)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 192535590X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1925355901
  • Item Weight : 318 g
  • Dimensions : 14.22 x 2.29 x 21.08 cm
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