Stop the presses, everyone! Gerald's on the radio.
What a pleasure it was this morning to listen to Gerald Murnane's every thoughtful word.
Last month we posted some review links (here) when his latest book A Million Windows was published. We also made mention at that time about the book's covers. Covers, plural. So it was of interest to hear Gerald comment about the cover at the start of this morning's interview.
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Michael Cathcart : Some music there by Brian Eno, which seems a nice way to set the scene for our next discussion.
The reviewers think the world of the Australian writer Gerald Murnane. One calls him a genius, a writer widely considered to be the next Australian winner of the Nobel. Peter Craven, who is one of our best literary critics, says 'No living Australian writer has higher claims to permanence or a richer sense of distinction'. And a bloke called Blair Mahoney, who's a reviewer on Goodreads, just says that 'Gerald Murnane's a treasure'.
He's 75. He's here with his eleventh book. It's called A Million Windows, which comes from a line by the American writer Henry James : 'The house of fiction has in short not one window, but a million'.
Well, it's a strange and dreamlike book about a writer who is constantly reflecting on the act of story telling even as he tells us a story.
Gerald, good morning. Welcome to the show.
Gerald Murnane : Thank you, Michael.
Michael Cathcart : Nice to have you here. Congratulations. It's a lovely book. It's actually a lovely book to handle. Did you feel that when it arrived? It just had this lovely weight to it.
Gerald Murnane : Everybody praises the cover. I had a different cover in mind, but that doesn't matter.
Michael Cathcart : Publishers are like that. They say, mate... the cover is our call, I know.
to listen to the full interview click here
'Books and Arts Daily', ABC.RN
31 July 2014
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