Romulus, My Father

Romulus, My Father

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Romulus Gaita fled his home in his native Yugoslavia at the age of thirteen, and came to Australia with his young wife Christine and their four-year-old son soon after the end of World War II. Tragic events were to overtake them. Raimond Gaita has an extraordinary story to tell about growing up with his father amid the stony paddocks and flowing grasses of country Australia. Written simply and movingly, Romulus, My Father is about how a compassionate and honest man taught his son the meaning of living a decent life. It is about passion, betrayal and madness, about friendship and the joy and dignity of work, about character and fate, affliction and spirituality. No one will read this wonderful book without an enhanced sense of the possibilities of being alive. 'Consistently astounding... one of the most remarkable works of autobiography I have read for years, a memoir of absolutely compelling tragi-comic quality.' Peter Craven, Australianshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 119.38 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 204.12g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1876485175
  • 9781876485177
  • 78,794

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`A sustained dialogue with the past from which the present has been born, and an extended essay on madness and death, love and friendship, beauty, truth and morality...Romulus fills every page with his presence.' * Age * `Radiates warmth; Gaita's memoir constantly reinforces not only humanity, but the mystery of being human.' * Weekend Australian * `Enthralling...a tale about madness, suicide, affliction and betrayal...a rare and passionate book, the like of which has seldom been seen in Australia.' * Sydney Morning Herald * `This turbulent and tormented story of a migrant family's life scarred by mental illness, skewed passions and suicide is a troubled tale relieved profoundly by compassion and honesty...its an insight into human hope, dignity and darkness.' * Canberra Times * `Gaita's book is a moving account of his father's commitment to words and of his struggle with a world of feelings that his words cannot get hold of...Tenderness is at the heart of the book.' * Eureka Street * `Extraordinary and beautiful...Gaita's book is about how it is possible to stare into the abyss of nothingness and see beyond it to the redeeming mystery that is life...Romulus, My Father is a profound meditation on love and death, madness and truth, judgment and compassion. It is about so much that matters that is normally so little discussed with so little honesty.' -- Richard Flanagan * Sunday Age * `Consistently astounding...one of the most remarkable works of autobiography I have read for years, a memoir of absolutely compelling tragi-comic quality.' -- Peter Craven * Australian * `Elegantly composed and written, both profoundly moral and perceptive in its social observations...It is a tragic, uplifting book whose eponymous hero emerges as one of the more magnetic creations in recent Australian writing.' -- 1998 Victorian Premier's Literary Awardsshow more

About Raimond Gaita

Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in 1946. He is Emeritus Professor of moral philosophy at Kings College London and a Professorial fellow at the Melbourne Law School and the faculty of Arts of the University of Melbourne. His books have been published in many translations. They include: Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception, Romulus, My Father, A Common Humanity, The Philosopher's Dog and Essays on Muslims and Multiculturalism (as editor and contributor). A feature film of Romulus, My Father was released in 2007, and won the AFI award for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Young Actor.show more

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