A bold, visionary story of four intertwining lives from the Nobel prizewinning novelist
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVID MALOUF
Through the crumbling ruins of the once splendid Xanadu, Miss Hare wanders, half-mad. In the wilderness she stumbles upon an Aborigine artist and a Jewish refugee. They place themselves in the care of a local washerwoman. In a world of pervasive evil, all four have been independently damaged and discarded. Now in one shared vision they find themselves bound together, understanding the possibility of redemption.
About the Author
Patrick White was born in England in 1912. He was taken to Australia (where his father owned a sheep farm) when he was six months old, but educated in England, at Cheltenham College and King’s College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where he wrote several unpublished novels, then served in the RAF during the Second World War. He returned after the war to Australia, where he became the most considerable figure in modern Australian literature before being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. His position as a man of letters was controversial, provoked by his unpredictable public statements and his belief that it is eccentric individuals who offer the only hope of salvation. Technically brilliant, he is one modern novelist to whom the oft-abused epithet ‘visionary’ can safely be applied. He died in September 1990.
"[A] monumental work [of more than] half a thousand pages -- almost every one of which cries out for quotation" New York Times "Riders in the Chariot is the most compassionate and the most beautiful of all Patrick White's works; colours fly everywhere; his words, comic, ecstatic, are like the brushstrokes on a canvas" -- Carmen Callil and Colm Toibin The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English Since 1950 "This is a book which really defies review; for its analysable qualities are overwhelmed by those imponderables which make a work 'great' in the untouchable sense. It must be read because, like Everest, 'it is there'." Guardian "The outstanding figure in Australian fiction" New York Times "Stands out among contemporary novelists like a cathedral surrounded by booths. Its forms, its impulse and its dedication to what is eternal all excite a comparison with religious architecture" Sunday Times
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: October 1996
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1