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Sunday, April 01, 2018

Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane
(image source: Sydney Morning Herald)
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An author who has not made the selling of himself an easy task (NYT), as he captures a plain’s paradoxical mix of uniformity and mystery, the former producing the latter (The Newyorker); he is himself a man of profound contradictions, let's say a recluse who craves attention, or even better a Luddite who uses his smartphone to google himself (Paris Review); a guy who figures the world laterally, so his fiction is not an imitation of reality, rather a prismatic and many-sided mirror (Sydney Morning Herald); to achieve this he works diabolically on his sentences, being perhaps able to fill an entire book with only one sentence (Sydney Morning Herald); think Proust for that matter, or think Beckett (NYT); anyway, in constructing a sentence he has a few equals (Sydney Morning Herald); is this guy the next Nobel? it could happen; till then for his fellow Australians Gerald Murnane is kind of cult.

(A Life in Books)



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