A History of Books

A History of Books

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By (author) Gerald Murnane

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  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 197mm x 254mm x 13mm | 553g
  • Publication date: 22 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Richmond, BC
  • ISBN 10: 1459649184
  • ISBN 13: 9781459649187
  • Edition: 16, Large type / large print
  • Edition statement: Large Print 16 pt
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 329,193

Product description

This new work by Gerald Murnane is a fictionalised autobiography told in thirty sections, each of which begins with the memory of a book that has left an image on the writer's mind. The titles aren't given but the reader follows the clues, recalling in the process a parade of authors, the great, the popular, and the now - forgotten. The images themselves, with their scenes of marital discord, violence and madness, or their illuminated landscapes that point to the consolations of a world beyond fiction, give new intensity to Murnane's habitual concern with the anxieties and aspirations of the writing life, in the absence of religious belief. A History of Books is accompanied by three shorter pieces of fiction which play on these themes, featuring the writer at different ages, as a young boy, a teacher, and an old recluse.

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