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An Imaginary Life

An Imaginary Life

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by David Malouf

MP3 CD Publication Date: 28/04/2019

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The Roman poet Ovid, exiled to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea, tells the story of his meeting with a feral boy, brought up among wild animals in the snow. It is a luminous encounter between civilisation and nature.

In the first century AD, Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverant poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea. From these sparse facts, one of our most distinguished novelists has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving work of fiction.

Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impate their dead and converse with the spirit world. But then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer. What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilisation and nature, as enacted by a poet who once catalogued the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.

ISBN:
9781489494665
9781489494665
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
MP3 CD
Publication Date:
28-04-2019
Publisher:
Bolinda Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
1
Dimensions (mm):
122x132mm
Weight:
0.07kg

'A brilliantly inventive novel ... Malouf puts on a dazzling literary display in this arresting, original, lyrical work.' The Wall Street Journal

'Elegant and resonant narrative ... an exhilarating use of language.' The Sunday Telegraph

"A work of unusual intelligence and imagination.' The New York Times

David Malouf

David Malouf was born in Brisbane in 1934. Since 'Interiors' in Four Poets, 1962, he has published poetry, novels and short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and is widely translated.

His most recent poetry volumes include Typewriter Music (UQP, 2007) and his selected poems, Revolving Days, (UQP, 2008). Earth Hour (UQP, 2014), won both the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

Malouf was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1987 and elected an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1989. In 1997 he was declared an Australian National Living Treasure, while he received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2000.

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