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The Plains : Text Classics - Gerald Murnane

The Plains

Text Classics

By: Gerald Murnane, Wayne Macauley (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 26th April 2012
ISBN: 9781921922275
Number Of Pages: 180

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Winner, Patrick White Literary Award, 1999

Twenty years ago, when I first arrived on the plains, I kept my eyes open. I looked for anything in the landscape that seemed to hint at some elaborate meaning behind appearances.

This is the story of the families of the plains—obsessed with their land and history, their culture and mythology—and of the man who ventured into their world.

There is no book in Australian writing like Gerald Murnane's The Plains.

About the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. In addition to The Plains he has published six fiction titles (Tamarisk Row, 1974; A Lifetime on Clouds, 1976; Landscape with Landscape, 1985; Inland, 1988; Velvet Waters, 1990 and Emerald Blue, 1995). Until recently he taught fiction-writing at Deakin University.

Industry Reviews

'The Plains has that peculiar singularity that can make literature great.'
Ed Wright, Australian, Best Books of 2015

'Widely regarded as Australia's greatest living writer, Murnane has long cultivated an air of myth and geographical limit...One could fill a room with a conversation about him.'
Full Stop

'Known for its sharp yet defamiliarizing take on the landscape and an aesthetic of purity historically associated with it, The Plains is uniformly described as a masterpiece of Australian literature. Look closer, though, and it's a haunting nineteenth-century novel of colonial violence captured inside the machine's test-pattern image-a distant, unassuming house on the plains.'
BOMB

'The Plains is a bizarre masterpiece that can feel less like something you've read than something you've dreamed.'
Ben Lerner, New Yorker

ISBN: 9781921922275
ISBN-10: 1921922273
Series: Text Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 26th April 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1

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Gerald Murnane

About the Author


Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He has been a primary teacher, an editor and a university lecturer. His debut novel, Tamarisk Row (1974), was followed by ten other works of fiction, including The Plains and most recently Border Districts. In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. He lives in western Victoria.


‘Reading Murnane, one cares less about what is happening in the story and more about what one is thinking about as one reads. The effect of his writing is to induce images in the reader’s own mind, and to hold the reader inside a world in which the reader is at every turn encouraged to turn his or her attention to those fast flocking images.’ New York Times

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