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Tourmaline is an isolated Western Australian mining town - a place of heat and dust, as allegorical as it is real. Out of the desert staggers a young diviner, Michael Random, offering salvation to this parched town. The once comatose community is indeed stirred to life, by hate as much as by love, and its people find salvation neither in water nor gold. 'With its richly textured sense of place, and its story hovering like a desert mirage between the real and the surreal, Tourmaline is Stow's most profound meditation on the confused spiritual heritage of Europeans living in Australia. Tourmaline is the ship of the Australian soul, isolated in an inland desert, and Stow has explored it with a visionary intensity more common in the Russian than in the Australian or the English novel But the spare, arid, harsh and yet living desert is unmistakably Australian, and the narrative it contains compels by its very strangeness and the stark truth of its insight.' - Anthony J. Hasasll 'Stow's is an intense and extraordinary talent.' - Spectator
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 199 x 18mm | 205g
  • St Lucia, Australia
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0702233110
  • 9780702233111

About Randolph Stow

Acknowledged as one of Australia's finest writers, Randolph Stow was born in Geraldton, Western Australia, in 1935. He graduated from the University of Western Australia and lectured in English at the Universities of Adelaide, Western Australia and Leeds. In addition to his writing, Randolph worked as a teacher and sometime anthropologist and for many years he lived in Sussex, England (his ancestral home). His works included novels, plays, poetry and children's books. His best-known novels include To the Islands (one of the first books published by Penguin in Australia, in 1963), Tourmaline and, what many regard as his finest work, The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea. He also wrote the hugely popular children's novel Midnight. Stow was awarded the Miles Franklin Award for To the Islands, and in 1979 he was awarded the Patrick White Award. Randolph Stow died in May 2010 at the age of seventy-four.
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124 ratings
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5 26% (32)
4 41% (51)
3 20% (25)
2 12% (15)
1 1% (1)
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