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.
`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 * `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 * `The Plains has that peculiar singularity that can make literature great.' * Ed Wright, Australian, Best Books of 2015 *
Series: Text Classics
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 26th April 2012
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1