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The Complete Storiesby David Malouf
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From the internationally acclaimed Australian writer: a single volume gathering a brilliant new collection of his short fiction, Every Move You Make, and all of his previously published stories.
In the heretofore unpublished Every Move You Make: bookish boys and taciturn men, strong women and wayward sons, fathers and daughters, lovers and husbands, a composer and his muse, a builder-architect and his legacy--here are their stories, whole lives brought dramatically into focus and powerfully rooted in the vividly rendered landscape of the vast Australian continent, from the mysterious, glittering Valley of Lagoons in Far North Queensland to bohemian Sydney to Ayres Rock in the Great Victoria Desert. These tender, subtle, and intimate stories give us men and women looking for something they seem to have missed, or missed out on, puzzling over not only their own lives but also the place they have come to occupy in the lives of others.
Heartbreakingly beautiful, richly satisfying, The Complete Stories also includes David Maloufs short fiction from Dream Stuff, Antipodes, and Childs Play. It is a major literary event.
"'Malouf, who won the Commonwealth Prize for his novel The Great World, is a master storyteller whose imagination inhabits shocking violence, quick humor, appealing warmth and harsh cruelty with equal intensity. Three previous collections (Dream Stuff, etc.) and a section of new work comprise this engrossing compilation of the Australian writer's shorter work. Several stories are rooted in that continent's hardscrabble interior and coastal enclaves; others are set in Australia's past. The youthful dreams, physical desires and psychic despair of Malouf's richly varied characters, however, are wholly universal. Older standouts include 'The Prowler,' about suburban hysteria in the wake of an omnipresent rapist's ability to evade capture, and 'Lone Pine,' among the collection's shortest stories but packing a horrific punch, in which a carefree holiday couple is murdered by a crazed young man. New stories include 'The Valley of Lagoons,' about a young man's searing coming-of-age when he's allowed to join his peers on a tradition-rich hunt, and 'Elsewhere,' which follows a sad rural father who ventures from the country to Sydney for his estranged daughter's funeral. Readers won't want to skim a single page of the 31 stories in this epic collection, a few of which are novella length. Together, they represent a quarter-century of a formidable craftsman's career. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
This single volume gathers together all of internationally acclaimed writer Maloufs previously published short stories with a brilliant new collection of his short fiction.
About the Author
David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel The Great World was awarded both the COmmonwelath Prize and the Prix Femina Étranger, and Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has also received the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Australia.
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