Adopted as a baby towards the end of World War II, Robert Dessaix grew up haunted by 'a shaft of silence' surrounding the question of his natural mother's identity, and of his identity and sexuality. In this touching memoir, he recounts the story of a most unusual childhood on Sydney's North Shore; of his fascination with Russia and his years spent studying in Cold War Moscow; and of his restless wanderings around the world. Frank and compelling, this 'tale without an ending' is a story of coming to terms with a history previously unknown, and with it the acceptance of a new identity. A Mother's Disgrace was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and highly commended for the FAW Christina Stead Award and The Age Book of the Year.
About the Author
Robert Dessaix is a well-known broadcaster, critic, author and translator. He studied at Moscow University in the late 1960s and early 1970s and for almost 20 years taught Russian language and literature at ANU and NSW Uni. His recent works include the collection of essays, And So Forth, and the novels Night Letters and Corfu.
Series: A&R classics
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 16th December 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.22