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Inland
     

Inland

by Gerald Murnane
 

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Is it possible to fall in love with a correspondent based entirely on a fascination with his or her handwriting, with a map of the country they live in, with the syllables of their name? What about, then, a fictional character, in a book about a country one has never, and will never, visit?

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Is it possible to fall in love with a correspondent based entirely on a fascination with his or her handwriting, with a map of the country they live in, with the syllables of their name? What about, then, a fictional character, in a book about a country one has never, and will never, visit?

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Publishers Weekly
Murnane’s learned novel (after Barley Patch), published in his native Australia in 1988, goes a long way toward capturing why he’s been dubbed the Australian Italo Calvino. Like the Italian postmodernist, Murnane is a writer of deceptive simplicity, whose work is, first and foremost, about itself. In this case, a writer, ensconced in “the library of a manor-house” in a Hungarian village he prefers to leave unnamed, works in his native “heavy-hearted Magyar” language. At first, he seems to be writing to his editor, a woman who lives in South Dakota (“in the town of Ideal”), but he soon concedes—or realizes—that no such woman exists. She is—like the book he’s writing, an endless project filling endless pages—a creation of his pen who is, anyway, soon replaced by the memory of “the girl from Bendigo Street,” among other imaginative flights. Our nameless narrator reads and writes and discovers that the page is truer than life. “The only signs I am sure of are signs in words,” he concludes. So will a certain type of philosophically inclined reader with a penchant for existentialism and the paradoxically contrasting depth of literature. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564787170
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
169
Sales rank:
792,495
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1939. He is the author of eight works of fiction, including "Barley Patch, Inland, The Plains", and Tamarisk Row, as well as a collection of essays, "Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs". Murnane has been a recipient of the Patrick White Award and the Melbourne Prize. "Barley Patch" won the 2010 Adelaide Festival Award for Innovation.

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