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Collected Short Fiction, Paperback / softback Book

Collected Short Fiction Paperback / softback

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Never before available to readers in the UK, these brilliant and idiosyncratic short stories stand alongside the fictions of Borges, Beckett and Nabokov. Gathered together these stories-originally published from 1985 to 2012-offer an enthralling account of the work of one of contemporary fiction's greatest magicians. While the Australian master Gerald Murnane's reputation rests largely on his longer works of fiction, his short stories stand among the most brilliant and idiosyncratic uses of the form since Borges, Beckett, and Nabokov.

Spare, transparent and profane, they range from the haunting and mesmeric to the quietly terrifying; from `Finger Web,' which tells a fractal tale of the scars of war and the roots of misogyny; to `The Interior of Gaaldine,' which finds its anxious protagonist stranded beyond the limits of fiction itself; to `Land Deal,' which imagines the colonization of Australia and the ultimate vengeance of its indigenous people as a series of nested dreams. No one else writes like Murnane, and there are few other authors alive still capable of changing how-and why-we read.

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