The writer as mapmaker

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March 1988, no. 98
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Inland by Gerald Murnane

Heinemann, $24.95 pb, 206 pp

The writer as mapmaker

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March 1988, no. 98

Some of the narrators of Gerald Murnane’s novels and stories tend to view oceans and coastlines with the fear and loathing of flat earth believers. Just the whiff of the sea breeze is enough to spoil the day for them, the grit and the glare of sun-touched sand distresses them and they speak with contempt of the ‘idiot noise’ of the sea and of those who swim and play in the waves and on the beaches. Seaside holidays, they imply, are for frivolous people stupidly turning a blind eye to the ocean’s treachery – its dark moods, its black holes, and its sinister capacity to gnaw at and dissolve something as solid as rock.

Sandra Hall reviews 'Inland' by Gerald Murnane

Inland

by Gerald Murnane

Heinemann, $24.95 pb, 206 pp

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