Border Districts

Border Districts

by Gerald Murnane

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/11/2017

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Winner of the 2018 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction

A new work by a master of contemporary Australian fiction, highly regarded overseas, but little-known here. Giramondo’s publication of Border Districts, and the retrospective volume Collected Short Fiction (early next year) is a collaboration with the distinguished New York publisher Farrar Straus Giroux.

Conceived as Gerald Murnane’s last work of fiction, Border Districts was written after the author moved from Melbourne to a small town on the western edge of the Wimmera plains, near the border with South Australia.  The narrator of this fiction has made a similar move, from a capital city to a remote town in the border country, where he intends to spend the last years of his life.

It is a time for exploring the enduring elements of his experience, as these exist in his mind, images whose persistence is assured, but whose significance needs to be rediscovered.  Readers of Murnane’s earlier work will recognise some of these images: the dark-haired young woman at a window; the ancestral house set in grasslands; coloured glass, marbles, goldfish, the outfits of jockeys. Murnane’s images often draw their power from the light that falls upon them from a distant or mysterious source.  But he also considers the possibility that the mind casts its own light, imbuing the images in the observer’s mind with the colours of his soul.

As Murnane’s narrator declares, ‘the mind is a place best viewed from borderlands’. In this work, Border Districts also refers to the border country between life and death; and there is another meaning, in the narrator’s discovery of others who might share his world, even though they enter it from a different direction, across the border districts which separate, or unite, two human beings.

ISBN:
9781925336542
9781925336542
Category:
Fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-11-2017
Publisher:
Giramondo Publishing Co
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
192
Dimensions (mm):
197x130mm
Weight:
0.25kg
Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He has been a primary teacher, an editor and a university lecturer.

His debut novel, Tamarisk Row (1974), was followed by nine other works of fiction, including The Plains (now available as a Text Classic) and most recently A Million Windows.

In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. His memoir Something for the Pain won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Award for non-fiction. He lives in western Victoria.

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