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David Malouf

Autor(a) de Remembering Babylon

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About the Author

David Malouf was born in Brisbane, Australia on March 20, 1934. He received a B.A. with honours from the University of Queensland in 1954. He lived and worked in Europe from 1959 to 1968, then taught English at the University of Sydney until 1977. After 1977 he became a full-time poet and novelist. mostrar mais His collections of poetry include Bicycle and Other Poems, Neighbours in a Thicket, Wild Lemons, First Things Last, Typewriter Music, and An Open Book. He received the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for Earth Hour. His novels include Johnno, Ransom, An Imaginary Life, Child's Play, Fly Away Peter, Harland's Half Acre, Dream Stuff, Every Move You Make, and The Conversations at Curlow Creek. He received the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger for The Great World and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Remembering Babylon. His collections of short stories include Antipodes, Untold Tales, Dream Stuff, and Every Move You Make. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. His essays collections include A First Place and The Writing Life. He also wrote the libretto for Richard Meale's opera Voss. He won the 2016 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por David Malouf

Remembering Babylon (1993) 1,140 exemplares
Ransom (2009) 745 exemplares
An Imaginary Life (1978) 735 exemplares
The Great World (1990) 424 exemplares
The Conversations at Curlow Creek (1996) 370 exemplares
Fly Away Peter (1982) 343 exemplares
Johnno (1976) 290 exemplares
Dream Stuff (2000) 190 exemplares
Harland's Half Acre (1984) 172 exemplares
The Complete Stories (2007) 147 exemplares
12 Edmondstone Street (1985) 122 exemplares
Every Move You Make (2007) 98 exemplares
Antipodes (1985) 82 exemplares
Child's Play (1999) 32 exemplares
The Writing Life (2014) 24 exemplares
A first place (2014) 23 exemplares
Earth Hour (2014) 22 exemplares
A Spirit Of Play (1998) 22 exemplares
An open book (2018) 15 exemplares
Typewriter Music (2007) 12 exemplares
Selected Poems, 1959-89 (1992) 11 exemplares
The one day (2015) 10 exemplares
Being there. Book 3 (2015) 10 exemplares
Neighbours in a thicket : poems (1974) 10 exemplares
Jane Eyre - A Libretto (2000) 9 exemplares
First things last : poems (1981) 7 exemplares
Revolving Days: Selected Poems (2008) 6 exemplares
Bicycle and other poems (1970) 5 exemplares
Waterfront 4 exemplares
Blood Relations (1989) 2 exemplares
Such is Life 2 exemplares
Four Poets 2 exemplares
Bill Henson Photographs (1988) 2 exemplares
Gesture of a hand (1975) 1 exemplar
Som eit barn : roman (1984) 1 exemplar
Untold Tales 1 exemplar
Verso mezzanotte (2008) 1 exemplar
Poems, 1975-76 (1976) 1 exemplar
Sky News 1 exemplar
The Valley of Lagoons (2006) 1 exemplar
REGATE 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Ars amatoria [in translation] (0001) — Introdução, algumas edições1,669 exemplares
Riders in the Chariot (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições688 exemplares
The Middle Parts of Fortune (1929) — Introdução, algumas edições398 exemplares
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (1992) — Contribuidor — 324 exemplares
Granta 77: What We Think of America (2002) — Contribuidor — 218 exemplares
In Another Part of the Forest: An Anthology of Gay Short Fiction (1994) — Contribuidor — 178 exemplares
Granta 70: Australia - The New New World (2000) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
Granta 68: Love Stories (1999) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
Granta 95: Loved Ones (2006) — Contribuidor — 119 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Australian Gay and Lesbian Writing: An Anthology (1993) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
The Young Desire It (1937) — Introdução, algumas edições51 exemplares
Beach : Stories by the Sand and Sea (2000) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays: A Ten-Year Collection (2011) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (2007) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
One World of Literature (1992) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2010 (2010) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Best Australian Stories 2007 (2007) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Penguin Book of the Ocean (2010) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2003 (2003) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
TLS Short Stories (2003) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Best Australian Essays 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Malouf, George Joseph David
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Brisbane, Queensland, Australië
Locais de residência
Chippendale, New South Wales, Australia
London, England, UK
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
Tuscany, Italy
Brisbane Grammar School
University of Queensland
short-story writer
Phillips, Jill (sister)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Neustadt International Prize for Literature (2000)
Lannan Literary Award ( [2000])
Australian Living Treasure
Man Booker International Prize Finalist (2011)
Pascall Prize (1988)
Deborah Rogers (Rogers, Coleridge & White)

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Malouf werd in 1934 geboren als kind van een Libanese vader en een Engels-joodse moeder. Hij leeft afwisselend in Australië en Italië.



Group Read, April 2018: Remembering Babylon em 1001 Books to read before you die (Abril 2018)


One of the most astonishing pieces of Australian writing I have ever read. It's no secret that Malouf is one of our national treasures, but Remembering Babylon is something else entirely. Written from a dozen or so perspectives, each absorbing in its accuracy, Malouf turns his eye in this short novel to the complexities of colonialism, specifically among white, rural Australians in the 1860s. Less than a century after the country was colonised, a small town (village?) of white people struggle with the introduction amongst them of a white man who has been living with Indigenous people for 16 years. Their concern about whether he has completely lost "it", their fear of the unknown - anything beyond view of their steeple - and that uncomfortable, uneasy relationship with their own colonialism, their sense of inferiority to the mother country, and the social and cultural clashes between neighbours that have made up every society since time immemorial... all captured in fewer than 200 pages.

Malouf smartly chooses not to write from the Indigenous perspective - he has rightly said that no white person in Australia can really do that - but gives us enough touches through Gemmy's point of view that we understand the true tragedy of colonialism, as symbolised through Janet's relationship with her bees. Being able to see them communicate but not quite understand how, and wondering if you knew it once, is a thought that has often haunted me, and remains haunting.

By 1860, my ancestors were well settled in Australia, their children becoming young adults and soon to have children of their own. My relationship with this land - as a white, rural-born, gay, intellectual, urbanite - is a complex one, and so is my relationship with the attempted genocide my ancestors perpetuated. Although the killing ended long ago, the cultural suppression continued well into the 1960s - the decade of my parents' birth - and we live with a lineage of divided privilege, culture, and sentiment. Compared to our neighbours "across the pond", New Zealand, who charted a very different 19th century, it is very telling.

To return to Malouf's work, his prose is tight, almost silhouetting the situations that occur, using the characters' summations of moments and often sidestepping detail, to leave us caught in the shadow between the people involved. It's a strange, sometimes surprisingly synopsis-like approach to writing, and yet it somehow produces a staggering effect. This is a quintessential Australian novel, one that examines our tortured history without unfairly chastising. The relationship between white and black is one key theme, but so is the relationship between home and away. Even now in 2018, the so-called "cultural cringe" remains strong in Australia. We have a fractious relationship with the UK, and within ourselves about the UK - the proximity to "the world", the lengthy history and culture, the feeling that we have been distanced from so much cultural understanding through the fault of our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. We often discuss this in the context of Australia's newer migrant families, but I can attest it remains strong in an eighth-generation Australian like myself. To peer into the minds of people who themselves remember the mother country, or - even worse - have heard it from everyone around them but are themselves inexperienced, is a gift in the hands of Malouf.

Perhaps this is a work about questions, not about answers. The answers are for us to find - if, indeed, we ever can.
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therebelprince | 30 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
Beguilingly written, as Malouf tends to be. As the grandchild of Lebanese immigrants, born in the 1930s, Malouf remembers an Australia that I can barely imagine. A reflection on our relationship with the 'motherland', and on our complex interactions with the USA and the wider culture over the last 80 years, Malouf explores just how cemented Australia's legacy is with England - for all its complexity.
therebelprince | 1 outra crítica | Apr 21, 2024 |
An interesting read although I'm not sure I'd recommend it. Malouf explores the idea of the contrast between self-sufficient happiness, as discussed by everyone from Classic philosophers to the Renaissance, contrasted with how we approach happiness in an era when our basic needs are all met, and the issues facing us are diffuse and global. All done by way of exploring art and philosophy throughout the centuries.

Wonderfully intelligent, but also sometimes verbose and opaque in a way that I'm not sure is useful. Malouf will throw in a quote from "Othello" or a reference to Montaigne, assuming the reader can track all of it, without so much as the endnotes traditional in this series. Disappointing in that manner. Also, some of his thoughts are evidently those of an older person; nothing wrong with that, but when he remarks that many writers still prefer to use pen and paper rather than a computer, I think he is speaking more for his generation (who grew up without such items) than mine. Engaging, however.… (mais)
therebelprince | 2 outras críticas | Apr 21, 2024 |
The fictional story of Ovid after his banishment from Rome. Descriptive writing but wouldn't rush back.
SteveMcI | 17 outras críticas | Dec 1, 2023 |



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