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Landscape of Farewell - Alex Miller


Published: November 2008
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'Is it history that tells us who we are? Or is it the story we tell ourselves ... that defines who we are?' (The Australian) A profound and moving story about the land, the past, exile and acceptance from the award-winning author of Journey to the Stone Country.

A hauntingly beautiful meditation on the land, the past, exile and friendship, Landscape of Farewell is the powerful new novel from acclaimed Australian author, Alex Miller.

It is the story of Max Otto, an elderly German academic. After the death of his much-loved wife and his recognition that he will never write the great study of history that was to be his life's crowning work, Max believes his life is all but over. Everything changes, though, when his valedictory lecture is challenged by Professor Vita McLelland, a feisty young Australian Aboriginal academic visiting Germany. Their meeting and growing friendship sets Max on a journey that would have seemed unthinkable just a few short weeks earlier.

When, at Vita's invitation, Max travels to Australia, he forms a deep friendship with her uncle, Aboriginal elder Dougald Gnapun. It is a friendship that not only gives new meaning and purpose to Max, but which teaches him the profound importance of truth-telling in reconciliation with his own and his country's past.

Following Alex Miller's Miles Franklin-winning Journey to the Stone Country, Landscape of Farewell is a wise and grave novel of power, beauty and truth.

Praise for Alex Miller
'[The Ancestor Game] is a wonderful novel of stunning intricacy and great beauty.' - Michael Ondaatje
'Miller is a master storyteller.' - Drusilla Modjeska


Winner of the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award 2008
Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2008
Shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction (NSW Premier's Literary Awards) 2008
Shortlisted for the 2008 ALS Gold Medal
Shortlisted for the 2008 Commonwealth Writer's Prize (Asia-Pacific Region, Best Book)
Longlisted for the WA Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award 2008

About the Author

Alex Miller is twice winner of Australia's premier literary prize, The Miles Franklin Literary Award, first in 1993 for The Ancestor Game and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country. He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, in 1993 for The Ancestor Game. His fifth novel, Conditions of Faith, won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the 2001 New South Wales Premier's Awards. In 2011 he won this award a second time with his most recent novel Lovesong. Lovesong also won the People's Choice Award in the NSW Premier's Awards, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Age Fiction Prize for 2011. In 2007 Landscape of Farewell was published to wide critical acclaim and in 2008 won the Chinese Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Best Novel and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. It was also short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, the Christi


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Reawakening of past to present

By Ron & Nina

from Melbourne Au.

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written


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      Well written, Alex Miller is definitely an autour to follow. A well written story that envokes the Australian spirit, once finished is best read again.

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      Beautifully written!

      By Penrose Page Turner

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      This is the first book by Alex Miller that I have read and I can't wait to read more.

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      'Alex Miller is a wonderful writer, one that Australia has been keeping secret from the rest of us for too long. Landscape of Farewell is at once elegiac and bracing and, as always, limpidly written.' John Banville 'Landscape of Farewell provides a compelling account of interactions between past and present... with luminous descriptions of place, dryly matter-of-fact evocations of character and incident, and humorous affectation for human foibles and perverseness... By the end of the novel we are glad to have known its numerous characters.' Times Literary Supplement

      Alex Miller

      Alex Miller is one of Australia's best loved writers. He is twice winner of the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's premier literary prize, the first occasion in 1993 for The Ancestor Game, and again in 2003 for Journey to the Stone Country.

      Conditions of Faith, his fifth novel, was published in 2000 and won the Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the 2001 NSW Premiers Literary Awards. It was also nominated for the Dublin IMPAC International Literature Award, shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award in 2000, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Miles Franklin Award in 2001.

      He is also an overall winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, for The Ancestor Game, in 1993.

      Miller's seventh novel, Prochownik's Dream, was published in 2005. Landscape of Farewell, published in 2008, was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and the Miles Franklin Award and won the Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award from the People's Literature Publishing House in China.

      Also in 2008, Alex Miller was awarded the Manning Clark Cultural Award for an outstanding contribution to the quality of Australian cultural life. In 2009, Alex Miller was named as a finalist for the prestigious Melbourne Prize for Literature and his most recent novel, Lovesong, was published in November 2009 to great critical acclaim. In 2012 he won the 2012 Melbourne Prize for Literature.

      To read Alex’s revealing answers to the Booktopia Book Guru’s TEN TERRIFYING QUESTIONS…and to leave a comment - CLICK HERE Visit Alex Miller's Booktopia Author Page

      ISBN: 9781741754919
      ISBN-10: 1741754917
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 336
      Published: November 2008
      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 13.1  x 2.5
      Weight (kg): 0.32
      Edition Number: 1