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A man named Huebler decides to photograph everyone alive. A suburban father perches in his son’s tree-house to spy on his friends. A dentist recognises his estranged wife in a famous painting.
From the moment The Drover’s Wife and Other Stories first appeared, it was clear that Murray Bail had extended the possibilities of short fiction. In these deft, angular and entertaining stories, he creates strange and fascinating worlds.
This enlarged and revised edition contains such classic stories as ‘The Drover’s Wife’, ‘Ore’ and ‘A, B, C, D, E…’ It also presents a number of new stories including the astonishing ‘The Seduction of My Sister’ which tells an increasingly bizarre story of sibling rivalry and affection.
‘Bail shows a lively inventiveness in finding new forms.’
‘Explores the relationship between words and meaning, appearance and reality. Bail does not rely on tricks. He can turn a phrase as neatly as anyone.’
‘A stringent stylistic wit.’