Gerald Murnane: Collected Short Fiction
Paperback | Apr 2018 | Giramondo Publishing | 9781925336641 | 512pp | 235x153mm | Forthcoming | GEN | AUD$34.95, NZD$39.99
Definitive collection of the short fiction of an
Australian master-storyteller who is in a league of his own.
Released simultaneously with Farrar Straus Giroux’s
editions of Border Districts and Collected Short Fiction in New York, an
event which is likely to get international media attention.
This volume brings together Gerald Murnane’s shorter works of fiction, most
of which have been out of print for the past twenty five years. They include
such masterpieces as ‘When the Mice Failed to Arrive’, ‘Stream System’, ‘First
Love’, ‘Emerald Blue’, and ‘The Interior of Gaaldine’, a story which holds the
key to the long break in Murnane’s career, and points the way towards his later
works, from Barley Patch to Border Districts. Much is made of
Murnane’s distinctive and elaborate style as a writer, but there is no one to
match him in his sensitive portraits of family members – parents, uncles and
aunts, and particularly children – and in his probing of situations which
contain anxiety and embarrassment, shame or delight.
Gerald Murnane is the author of eleven
books of fiction, including Tamarisk Row, Inland, Barley Patch,
A History of Books, A
Million Windows and Border Districts, and a collection of
essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs, which have been published by
Giramondo. He is a recipient of the Patrick White Literary Award, the Melbourne
Prize for Literature, the Adelaide Festival Literature Award for Innovation and
the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.