The necromancy of solipsism

Gerald Murnane’s shameless aesthetic privacies
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December 2021, no. 438
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Last Letter to a Reader: Essays by Gerald Murnane

Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 126 pp

The necromancy of solipsism

Gerald Murnane’s shameless aesthetic privacies
by
December 2021, no. 438
Gerald Murnane (photograph by Ben Denham/Giramondo)
Gerald Murnane (photograph by Ben Denham/Giramondo)

No contemporary Australian writer has higher claims to immortality than Gerald Murnane and none exhibits narrower tonal range. It’s a long time since we encountered the boy with his marbles and his liturgical colours in some Bendigo of the mind’s dreaming in Tamarisk Row (1974). There was the girl who was the embodiment of dreaming in A Lifetime on Clouds (1976). After The Plains (1982) came the high, classic Murnane with his endless talk of landscapes and women and grasslands, like a private language of longing and sorrow and contemplation.

Peter Craven reviews 'Last Letter to a Reader: Essays' by Gerald Murnane

Last Letter to a Reader: Essays

by Gerald Murnane

Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 126 pp

Buy this book

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    06 December 2021

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