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Last letter to a reader : essays

Murnane, Gerald, 1939-2021
In the first days of spring in his eighty-second year, Gerald Murnane began a project which would round off his career as a writer - he would read all of his books in turn and prepare a report on each. His original intention was to lodge the reports in two of his legendary archives, the Chronological Archive, which documents his life as a whole, and the Literary Archive, which is devoted to everything he has written. But as the reports grew, they themselves took on the form of a book, Last Letter to a Reader. The essays on each of his works travel through the capacious territory Murnane refers to as his mind: they dwell on the circumstances which gave rise to the writing, images, associations, reflections on the theory of fiction, and memories of a deeply personal kind. The final essay is on Last Letter to a Reader itself: it considers the elation and exhilaration which accompany the act of writing, and offers a moving ending to what must surely be his last work as death approaches. 'Help me, dear one, to endure patiently my going back to my own sort of heaven.'
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Artarmon, NSW : Giramondo Publishing, 2021.©2021
126 pages : music ; 21 cm.
9781925818840 (pbk)9781925818840
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