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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 (born 17 February 1944) is an Australian novelist, essayist and journalist.
Dessaix was born in Sydney and adopted at an early age. He was educated at North Sydney Boys High School and the Australian National University. He studied at Moscow State University during the early 1970s, and taught Russian Studies at the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales from 1972 to 1984. During this time he translated a number of Russian books into English in collaboration with Michael Ulman, including The Sheepskin Coat and An Absolutely Happy Village by Boris Vakhtin.
An intimate and moving account of the search for origins and identity by respected author, broadcaster, essayist and translator Robert Dessaix. 'A journey of identity by a virtuoso in language and master of narrative control ... a brave, moving, funny, enthralling book - all the way' - THE CANBERRA TIME
'One of the most intelligently moving autobiographical narratives I have ever read. A book that is fascinating, engrossing ... And a book that invites challenge' - THE AGE
Series: A&R classics
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st January 2014