A masterwork from Australia?s greatest cult literary figure, published for the first time as the author originally intended.
Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He has been a primary teacher, an editor and a university lecturer. His debut novel, Tamarisk Row (1974), was followed by ten other works of fiction, including The Plains and most recently Border Districts. In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. He lives in western Victoria.
`Reading Murnane, one cares less about what is happening in the
story and more about what one is thinking about as one reads. The
effect of his writing is to induce images in the reader's own mind,
and to hold the reader inside a world in which the reader is at
every turn encouraged to turn his or her attention to those fast
flocking images.' * New York Times *
`Murnane, a genius, is a worthy heir to Beckett.' * Teju Cole *
`Murnane is quite simply one of the finest writers we have produced.' * Peter Craven *
`Murnane's early writing, as shown here, is accessible and often humorous in his own dry way...A Season on Earth could be recommended as an ideal jumping-off point for readers new to Murnane and his particular way of looking at the world.' * Books + Publishing *