Gerald Murnane Biography
(1939– ), Tamarisk Row, A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains, Inland, Landscape with Landscape, Velvet Waters
Australian writer, born in Melbourne. The rural landscape of Victoria is evoked in several of his novels. Tamarisk Row (1974) concerns a father who attempts to win a fortune with his racehorse while his son retreats into a world of fantasy; in subsequent novels escapism becomes a compulsive search for inner fulfilment. A strong sense of landscape pervades Murnane's work, notably in A Lifetime on Clouds (1976) where a youth travels the landscapes of America but dreams of a past Australia. The Plains (1982), narrated by a film-maker, concerns the inner worlds of the nameless inhabitants of a fertile area of central Australia. Inland (1988) continues the use of imaginary worlds. Landscape with Landscape (1985) is a series of six stories, and Velvet Waters (1990) is a collection of short stories offering an oblique commentary on Australia's cultural past and present. His most recent fiction includes Emerald Blue (1995).
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