A searing and magnificent picture of Australia at the moment of its foundation, with early settlers staking out their small patch of land and terrified by the harsh and alien continent. Focussing on the hostility between the early British inhabitants and the native Aboriginals. Remembering Babylon tells the tragic and compelling story of a boy who finds himself caught between the two worlds. Shot through with humour, and written with the poetic intensity that characterised Malouf's An Imaginary Life this is the novel of epic scope yet it is simple, compassionate and universal: a classic.
About the Author
David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including The Great World, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger, Remembering Babylon, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek, Dream Stuff Every Move You Make, his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street and Ransom. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. He was born in 1934 and was brought up in Brisbane and now lives in Sydney.
"Malouf dares a style in which a metaphor clinches a whole personality, while the common act of looking at the light and plants of Australia produces plainly spiritual transformations." -- Francis Spufford The Guardian (London) "Remembering Babylon is another rare chance to read a work by one of the few contemporary novelists who examines our constantly battered humanity and again and again brings out its lingering beauty" -- Terry Goldie The Globe and Mail (Canada) "There are passages of aching beauty in Remembering Babylon, and passages of shocking degradation. Mr. Malouf has written a wonderfully wise and moving novel, a novel that turns the history and mythic past of Australia into a dazzling fable of human hope and imperfection" New York Times "A dazzling novel...The story has moments of such high intensity that they remain scorched in memory. As the story moves forward to its conclusion, we go unwillingly with it, not wanting this book, with the wisdom it contains, to stop speaking to us." The Toronto Star "The novel is beautifully written. Malouf's Queensland shimmers." -- Susan Geason The Sun Herald (Sydney, Austrailia)