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David Malouf

Teoksen Remembering Babylon tekijä

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About the Author

David Malouf was born in Brisbane, Australia on March 20, 1934. He received a B.A. with honours from the University of Queensland in 1954. He lived and worked in Europe from 1959 to 1968, then taught English at the University of Sydney until 1977. After 1977 he became a full-time poet and novelist. näytä lisää His collections of poetry include Bicycle and Other Poems, Neighbours in a Thicket, Wild Lemons, First Things Last, Typewriter Music, and An Open Book. He received the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for Earth Hour. His novels include Johnno, Ransom, An Imaginary Life, Child's Play, Fly Away Peter, Harland's Half Acre, Dream Stuff, Every Move You Make, and The Conversations at Curlow Creek. He received the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger for The Great World and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Remembering Babylon. His collections of short stories include Antipodes, Untold Tales, Dream Stuff, and Every Move You Make. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. His essays collections include A First Place and The Writing Life. He also wrote the libretto for Richard Meale's opera Voss. He won the 2016 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Remembering Babylon (1993) 1,123 kappaletta
Ransom (2009) 719 kappaletta
An Imaginary Life (1978) 718 kappaletta
The Great World (1990) 410 kappaletta
The Conversations at Curlow Creek (1996) 363 kappaletta
Fly Away Peter (1982) 336 kappaletta
Johnno (1976) 279 kappaletta
Dream Stuff (2000) 186 kappaletta
Harland's Half Acre (1984) 166 kappaletta
The Complete Stories (2007) 141 kappaletta
12 Edmondstone Street (1985) 117 kappaletta
Every Move You Make (2007) 96 kappaletta
Antipodes (1985) 80 kappaletta
Child's Play (1999) 31 kappaletta
The Writing Life (2014) 22 kappaletta
A first place (2014) 22 kappaletta
A Spirit Of Play (1998) 21 kappaletta
Earth Hour (2014) 20 kappaletta
An open book (2018) 15 kappaletta
Typewriter Music (2007) 13 kappaletta
Selected Poems, 1959-89 (1992) 11 kappaletta
Being there. Book 3 (2015) 10 kappaletta
The one day (2015) 9 kappaletta
Jane Eyre - A Libretto (2000) 9 kappaletta
Neighbours in a thicket : poems (1974) 7 kappaletta
Revolving Days: Selected Poems (2008) 6 kappaletta
First things last : poems (1981) 6 kappaletta
Bicycle and other poems (1970) 5 kappaletta
Waterfront 4 kappaletta
Such is Life 2 kappaletta
Four Poets 2 kappaletta
Blood Relations (1989) 2 kappaletta
Bill Henson Photographs (1988) 2 kappaletta
Som eit barn : roman (1984) 1 kappale
Verso mezzanotte (2008) 1 kappale
The Valley of Lagoons (2006) 1 kappale
Poems, 1975-76 (1976) 1 kappale
Sky News 1 kappale
REGATE 1 kappale

Associated Works

Rakastamisen taito (0001) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,598 kappaletta
Riders in the Chariot (1961) — Johdanto, eräät painokset667 kappaletta
Harva hyvin kuolee (1929) — Johdanto, eräät painokset380 kappaletta
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (1992) — Avustaja — 318 kappaletta
Granta 77: What We Think of America (2002) — Avustaja — 215 kappaletta
Granta 70: Australia - The New New World (2000) — Avustaja — 164 kappaletta
Granta 68: Love Stories (1999) — Avustaja — 149 kappaletta
Granta 95: Loved Ones (2006) — Avustaja — 120 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Avustaja — 74 kappaletta
Australian Gay and Lesbian Writing: An Anthology (1993) — Avustaja — 56 kappaletta
The Young Desire It (1937) — Johdanto, eräät painokset49 kappaletta
Beach : Stories by the Sand and Sea (2000) — Avustaja — 32 kappaletta
The Best Australian Essays: A Ten-Year Collection (2011) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
The Best Australian Essays 2008 (2008) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta
The Best Australian Essays 2010 (2010) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (2007) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
The Best Australian Stories 2007 (2007) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
One World of Literature (1992) — Avustaja — 22 kappaletta
The Best Australian Essays 2006 (2006) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
The Penguin book of the ocean (2010) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
The Best Australian Essays 2011 (2011) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
The Best Australian Essays 2003 (2003) — Avustaja — 14 kappaletta
TLS Short Stories (2003) — Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
The Best Australian Essays 2014 (2014) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta

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Group Read, April 2018: Remembering Babylon, 1001 Books to read before you die (huhtikuu 2018)


All the characters in this extraordinary book see themselves as "the outsider", but because of their shared colonial pioneering position, they make Gemmy the outsider.
I thoroughly enjoyed the way David Malouf introduces the bare bones of the story, and then gives us the back story on so many of the characters.
There is suspicion and distrust, compassion and understanding, despair and struggle.

My daughter had been assigned 'Remembering Babylon' as part of a literature course in her university studies, and had left it at my place when she'd finished. I am so grateful.… (lisätietoja)
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buttsy1 | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 23, 2023 |
Wonderful book especially the second time I read it. It is compassionate in tone, showing reverence for growing up in straitened circumstance and the mysteries surrounding that early experience of making sense of one's life. The reader is lead to sharing in sympathy with characters who are all flawed or damaged through accidents that struck them.
This is one of my favourite Australian novels. Malouf is full of love for characters, in the same way that Harland is driven by his love for his family, one broken by accident and bad luck.… (lisätietoja)
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ivanfranko | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 18, 2023 |
One of the most astonishing pieces of Australian writing I have ever read. It's no secret that Malouf is one of our national treasures, but Remembering Babylon is something else entirely. Written from a dozen or so perspectives, each absorbing in its accuracy, Malouf turns his eye in this short novel to the complexities of colonialism, specifically among white, rural Australians in the 1860s. Less than a century after the country was colonised, a small town (village?) of white people struggle with the introduction amongst them of a white man who has been living with Indigenous people for 16 years. Their concern about whether he has completely lost "it", their fear of the unknown - anything beyond view of their steeple - and that uncomfortable, uneasy relationship with their own colonialism, their sense of inferiority to the mother country, and the social and cultural clashes between neighbours that have made up every society since time immemorial... all captured in fewer than 200 pages.

Malouf smartly chooses not to write from the Indigenous perspective - he has rightly said that no white person in Australia can really do that - but gives us enough touches through Gemmy's point of view that we understand the true tragedy of colonialism, as symbolised through Janet's relationship with her bees. Being able to see them communicate but not quite understand how, and wondering if you knew it once, is a thought that has often haunted me, and remains haunting.

By 1860, my ancestors were well settled in Australia, their children becoming young adults and soon to have children of their own. My relationship with this land - as a white, rural-born, gay, intellectual, urbanite - is a complex one, and so is my relationship with the attempted genocide my ancestors perpetuated. Although the killing ended long ago, the cultural suppression continued well into the 1960s - the decade of my parents' birth - and we live with a lineage of divided privilege, culture, and sentiment. Compared to our neighbours "across the pond", New Zealand, who charted a very different 19th century, it is very telling.

To return to Malouf's work, his prose is tight, almost silhouetting the situations that occur, using the characters' summations of moments and often sidestepping detail, to leave us caught in the shadow between the people involved. It's a strange, sometimes surprisingly synopsis-like approach to writing, and yet it somehow produces a staggering effect. This is a quintessential Australian novel, one that examines our tortured history without unfairly chastising. The relationship between white and black is one key theme, but so is the relationship between home and away. Even now in 2018, the so-called "cultural cringe" remains strong in Australia. We have a fractious relationship with the UK, and within ourselves about the UK - the proximity to "the world", the lengthy history and culture, the feeling that we have been distanced from so much cultural understanding through the fault of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. We often discuss this in the context of Australia's newer migrant families, but I can attest it remains strong in an eighth-generation Australian like myself. To peer into the minds of people who themselves remember the mother country, or - even worse - have heard it from everyone around them but are themselves inexperienced, is a gift in the hands of Malouf.

Perhaps this is a work about questions, not about answers. The answers are for us to find - if, indeed, we ever can.
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therebelprince | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 24, 2023 |
Beguilingly written, as Malouf tends to be. As the grandchild of Lebanese immigrants, born in the 1930s, Malouf remembers an Australia that I can barely imagine. A reflection on our relationship with the 'motherland', and on our complex interactions with the USA and the wider culture over the last 80 years, Malouf explores just how cemented Australia's legacy is with England - for all its complexity.
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