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The Plains

The Plains

Gerald Murnane

  • awardWinner, Patrick White Literary Award, 1999
  • Introduction by Ben Lerner

    This is the story of the families of the plains—obsessed with their land and history, their culture and mythology—and of the man who ventured into their world.First published in 1982, The Plains is a mesmerising work of startling originality.

    This handsome new hardback edition is introduced by Ben Lerner, author of the internationally acclaimed novels Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04, and a work of criticism, The Hatred of Poetry.


    Gerald Murnane
    About the Author

    Gerald Murnane was born in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne, in 1939. He spent some of his childhood in country Victoria before returning to Melbourne in 1949 where he lived for the next sixty years. He has left Victoria only a handful of times and has never been on an aeroplane.

    In 1957 Murnane began training for the Catholic priesthood...

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    Praise for Gerald Murnane
    andThe Plains

    The Plains has that peculiar singularity that can make literature great.’

    ‘A distinguished, distinctive, unforgettable novel.’

    ‘… a piece of imaginative writing so remarkably sustained that it is a subject for meditation rather than a mere reading … In the depths and surfaces of this extraordinary fable you will see your inner self eerily reflected again and again.’

    ‘Murnane touches on foibles and philosophy, plays with the makings of a fable or allegory, and all the while toys with tone, moving easily from earnest to deadpan to lightly ironic, a meld of Buster Keaton, the Kafka of the short stories, and Swift in ‘A Modest Proposal.’…A provocative, delightful, diverting must-reread.’

    ‘Widely regarded as Australia’s greatest living writer, Murnane has long cultivated an air of myth and geographical limit…One could fill a room with a conversation about him.’

    Other editions ofThe Plains
    • The Plains
      ISBN: 9781925410266
      3 April 2017
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