The Plains

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Pub Date: 05/07/2019

Pages: 208

Trim: 5 x 8

Publisher: Text Publishing Company

Imprint: Text Classics

ISBN 13: 9781921922275

ISBN 10: 1921922273

Price: $14.95 / $19.99 CAN

Category: FICTION / Literary

The Plains

By Gerald Murnane, Wayne Macauley

Price: $14.95

About the Book

On their vast estates, the landowning families of the plains have preserved a rich and distinctive culture. Obsessed with their own habitat and history, they hire artisans, writers and historians to record in minute detail every aspect of their lives, and the nature of their land. A young film-maker arrives on the plains, hoping to make his own contribution to the elaboration of this history. In a private library he begins to take notes for a film, and chooses the daughter of his patron for a leading role. Twenty years later, he begins to tell his haunting story of life on the plains.

About the Book

A young man arrives on the plains to document the strange, rich culture of the landowning families. This quest becomes his life. Teju Cole calls Murnane 'a genius on the level of Beckett.'

Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He has been a primary teacher, an editor and a university lecturer. His debut novel, Tamarisk Row (1974), was followed by eleven other works of fiction, including The Plains, A Million Windows and, most recently, Border Districts [shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award]. In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. He lives in western Victoria.Wayne Macauley is a highly acclaimed novelist whose works include Some Tests, Demons, The Cook, Caravan Story and Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe. He lives in Brunswick, Melbourne.

Awards

Prime Minister's Literary Award
Patrick White Award
Melbourne Prize for Literature