An Imaginary Life

An Imaginary Life

by David Malouf

CD-Audio Publication Date: 15/05/2019

 

In the first century A.D., Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverent poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea. From these sparse facts, Malouf has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving novel. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impale their dead and converse with the spirit world. 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 civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.

"A work of unusual intelligence and imagination, full of surprising images and insights...One of those rare books you end up underlining and copying out into notebooks and reading out loud to friends."--The New York Times Book Review

ISBN:
9780655606369
9780655606369
Category:
Uncategorized
Format:
CD-Audio
Publication Date:
15-05-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bolinda Publishing Pty, Limited
Country of origin:
Australia
Dimensions (mm):
171.45x133.35x12.7mm
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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