☆ Inland || ↠ PDF Read by ↠ Gerald Murnane

  • Title: Inland
  • Author: Gerald Murnane
  • ISBN: 9781920899028
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback

  • from the blurb Inland is a dispersed, sprawling narrative, a set of texts interlocked by a myriad of narratives, a work that could be described as postmodern for its intricate examination of meaning It challenges our interpretations of space and time, as if we were looking in another way, not out to the glistening ocean surrounding Australia, but inland, where dreams ar from the blurb Inland is a dispersed, sprawling narrative, a set of texts interlocked by a myriad of narratives, a work that could be described as postmodern for its intricate examination of meaning It challenges our interpretations of space and time, as if we were looking in another way, not out to the glistening ocean surrounding Australia, but inland, where dreams are real.
    Gerald Murnane
    Murnane s first two books, Tamarisk Row 1974 and A Lifetime on Clouds 1976 , seem to be semi autobiographical accounts of his childhood and adolescence Both are composed largely of very long but grammatical sentences.In 1982, he attained his mature style with The Plains, a short novel about a young filmmaker who travels to a fictive country far within Australia, where his failure to make a film is perhaps his most profound achievement The novel is both a metaphysical parable about appearance and reality, and a parodic examination of traditions and cultural horizons The novel depicts an abstracted Australia, akin to something out of mythology or fable The novel was followed by Landscape With Landscape 1985 , Inland 1988 , Velvet Waters 1990 , and Emerald Blue 1995 A book of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs, appeared in 2005, and a new work of fiction, Barley Patch, was released in 2009 All of these books are concerned with the relation between memory, image, and landscape, and frequently with the relation between fiction and non fiction.Murnane is mainly known within Australia A seminar was held on his work at the University of Newcastle in 2001 Murnane does, however, also have a following in other countries, especially Sweden and the United States, where The Plains was published in 1985 and reprinted in 2004 New Issues Poetry Prose , and where Dalkey Archive Press has recently issued Barley Patch and will be reprinting Inland in 2012 In 2011, The Plains was translated into French and published in France by P.O.L, and in 2012 will be published in Hungarian.


    Gerald Murnane has a strange preoccupation with windows. The reader of his novels eventually begins to wonder what exactly these windows symbolise, how they are defined in Murnane's personal dictionary.In The Plains, Murnane preferred to have "windows" remain a mysterious element but within the pages of Inland, he develops the theme much more concretely. From the beginning, by means of stories within stories, he makes the reader aware of the narrative itself as a series of windows through which [...]

    Justin Evans
    A lovely meditation on childhood, first love, and geography; if you liked the early volumes of Proust (before he gets to the delicious society gossip), you might find something to like here. On the other hand, you might not. Where Proust is quite open about what he's doing, Murnane is very sneaky; where Proust is about people, Murnane is about (for want of a better term) constellations of sensation, whether those sensations are currently being experienced, being recalled, or being invented. Dele [...]

    Inland is a strange adventure that plays with your mind from the first page. It’s not ‘easy’ but it’s not meant to be: Gerald Murnane is not that kind of writer. Before long he signposts what he is up to with a witty reference to Italo Calvino, and I am reminded of Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night, A Traveller – that strange, circuitous experience of reading about yourself as a reader, of being inside the book as well, sharing somehow in the writing of it. To see the rest of this r [...]

    My review of this in the Sept. 2012 issue of The Quarterly Conversation: quarterlyconversation/inla

    Jeff Golick
    A strange, compelling work -- not for everyone but right up my alley. The narrator is an author, a very self-aware author who comments often on the books around him (books he doesn't read), the papers on his desk, and the reader(s) he imagines taking in his work. The narrator's main preoccupation: the lay of the land, the geography of place, grasslands, his "native district," and the various places he has called home. People don't seem to figure as strongly as does Place.There is no real plot to [...]

    Travis McGuire
    Though Murnane does not use plot he does use theme and this, along with wonderful description of place and landscape is what carries this book. The stories within are rich and honest, almost childlike in their reflection. The connection of the world through grasslands elicits something familiar yet different and the question of life and what different paths we may take remind us that life is final but it maybe doesn't have to be. But also asks if that is even true. What the book does above all i [...]

    a novel questioning relationships lost and found, and ultimately, did they really even happen? what happens when a writer obsesses over an atlas, it's all grasslands eventually, even when covered over by houses, strip malls, and roads. so if you ever have had the urge to visit the Calvin O. Dahlberg Prairie Institute in west central Nebraska, now's your chance.

    Michael Jantz
    One of the most wonderful books I have read in recent memory. Murnane's language is so simple, but he does with it very complicated and entertaining things. Inland is not so much a story about a man, but instead the thoughts of a man in a room remembering parts of his life and writing to his reader (whom he claims to know). The imagery is beautiful and the life of the narrator is one that could be quite a bit like the lives of any of his readers. This will be a book to read repeatedly. There is [...]

    Wan Nor
    A very unique author. The moment you step into this novel, you are in Murnane's land. Murnane thinks and writes like a land surveyor, or perhaps one of those colonial explorers that are constantly looking for new world to explore. But is he exploring the land, or is he just exploring the territory of his own mind and memory.Seriously neglected. Murnane should have a monument built for him in Australia.

    A slow-moving book that winds its way through the barren places of the heart, a beautiful, desolate thing. Murnane is the real thing, for sure, which is to say he is a strange one. If Inland is any indication of the rest of his body of work, he is a writer to be reckoned with.

    Marek Waldorf
    Wrote something about Murnane under a longer review of Tom McGonigle's recent novel, to whom I compared/contrasted him.

    Dustin Kurtz
    Murnane is unrivalled.

    So like an inscrutable memoir! Apparently, to cross the boundary between thinking and writing crosses the boundary between language and country. Some guy in a manor house in -- is it Melbourne county or Szolnok county or Tripp county? "from" or "currently at" or "thinking about"? -- looking through a window and pondering the woman who edits the pages he writes, is all we get at first. Experimental! Or, I should say, experimental? The author Gerald Murnane is, as I learned later, Australian but l [...]

    Wow! Aussie 'literature' generally makes me vomit and want to punch people in the face. It's basically boring, Anglo-Saxon whiteys with no proper culture or identity, the fish England rejected pretty much, talking about nothing. And to be honest, Murnane isn't really that much different from the staid, descriptive, melancholy literature that most of these white Aussies have written. HOWEVER, Murnane has taken the 'classic Aussie literature' of the mundane, safe, simple, not very interesting life [...]

    This book was slow-going, especially at the beginning. I picked it up after hearing Teju Cole and Hari Kuzru reading from the third issue of the journal Music + Literature and raving about Gerald Murnane. The style is quite different - and harder - than I am used to. Although the literal style was a large part of what the two writers admired about Murnane. Happily, the book picks up slightly after the first 40-50 pages. In some ways, I think it helped to have a little knowledge of what Murnane's [...]

    he writes great books about guys who spend all their time staring out the windows of private libraries

    One question that I ask myself is if whether there is a type of literary style I dislike? on looking back I’m finding out that I prefer to read more solid stories than experimental ones and I admit that it does bother me a bit.Inland is, more than anything, a novel that creates an atmosphere with some autobiographical bits chucked in. It’s about a writer who goes on a metaphorical journey to the past, where he confronts certain aspects of his life that he has shied from when he was younger.D [...]

    When I don't get Beckett I always assume that the fault is mine. Perhaps that's putting the man on too high a pedestal but I feel much the same about Murnane. There is no doubt that what I am reading is what he intended to say. Bearing that in mind I think it would be cocky to suggest, certainly not after a single reading, that I understand Inland. I understand what he's attempting here which is a start. It's certainly not a book I would universally recommend because more people will not like it [...]

    Based on the reputation of Gerald Mernane as one of Australia's preeminent authors, I was looking forward to reading "Inland". Instead, it turned into the longest 169 pages I've ever read. The book is willfully obtuse, as if Murnane is trying to make it as difficult as possible to follow the narrator's voice. It borders on hostile. I kept wait for a payoff, some reward for putting up with this sad lunatic, but while the prose becomes more conventional in the back third of the book, it doesn't le [...]

    Demetrice Gooden
    It is a shame Mr. Murnane, Australia's "greatest living novelist" is not better known in the U.S Similar in vein to W.G. Sebald or Roberto Bolano, Inland provides an excellent way to become acquainted with his work and its inventive, forlorn qualities. Set in shifting planes of memory, real and imagined incidents commingle in stories that span over continents and decades; however they share the same essential details. The text a monument to a lesson in semantics as observed by the novel's narrat [...]

    I did not like this book at all. It was very hard to understand exactly what the author is trying to convey. Quote from Murnane: "unstable world adrift as an island in the ocean of the heart". It is about "longing to breathe with ecstasy at the smell of enduring lilacs" . But why 169 pages of prose that is hard to comprehend? At least for me - maybe you will be able to - pick up the book and see what you can get out of it. Someone had to value the book in order to put it on the 1001 book list of [...]

    I had trouble with this book.  I think that I read it in pieces that were too small and with a mind that was too busy.  It is quiet and contemplative.  I felt that each sentence was an elegantly curved line, each one similar to the one before it but a little different, nestled into its fellows to form a pattern.  But I didn't ever quite see what that pattern was.  I think that the book had more to say about loneliness and creativity and memory that I grasped on this reading.  Sorry, Inland [...]

    pretty cool 'author telling you about things he saw, imagined he saw, or imagined what someone else might have seen' feel

    Gary Homewood
    Experimental, writerly meta-fiction, preoccupied with imagined geographies, solipsistic, often repetitive and boring, weirdly fractal and obsessive, and then, ultimately, oddly affecting.

    Mary Schneider
    An incredible. Reading it feels like really doing something.

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