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David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel The Great World was awarded both the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger. Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He lives in Sydney, Australia.


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) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In this collection of four sets of previously published stories and one set of new stories, Malouf-winner of the first International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Remembering Babylon-explores our place in the world, focusing on the Queensland state of Australia. The theme of the interplay between the land and its people is introduced in the first story, "The Valley of Lagoons," in which a 16-year-old boy is finally allowed to explore this mysterious area his friends have been visiting for years and finds it changes him. In "Elsewhere," a father attending the funeral of his daughter with his son-in-law quickly learns how different life is in Sydney compared with their rural existence. In "Mrs. Porter and the Rock," a visit to Ayers Rock helps the title character understand an earlier incident in her life. Other stories examine the issue of our place in the larger scheme of things, as in "Southern Skies," in which an astronomer shows a teenage boy the mysteries of the universe. Throughout, the prose continually evokes the environment and the effect of time and place on each individual's life; for large collections.-Joshua Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Brilliant. . . . A writer of enormous seriousness and compassion." --Los Angeles Times"Wonderful. . . . A delight. . . . [Malouf is] one of the best writers in the world. . . This man is a master in our language."--The Portland Oregonian"Beautiful, haunting, harsh, these are tales of men and women, girls and boys all coming of age at every age through the their connection to the land and each other."--The Baltimore Sun"Humorous and sobering, sensitive and brutal, cosmopolitan and regional. . . . Belongs on the same shelf with the short fiction of John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Alice Munro. These are tales to be read and reread."--The Seattle Times

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