The Complete Stories

David Malouf

The Complete Stories
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The Complete Stories

David Malouf

Thirty-one epic stories from Australia’s award-winning author David Malouf. David Malouf s imagination inhabits shocking violence, quick humor, appealing warmth and harsh cruelty with equal intensity. He shares tales of bookish boys, taciturn men and intimate stories of men and women looking for something they seem to have missed, or missed out on. This is a comprehensive compilation of David s shorter work. Stories are set in the stark and challenging Australian interior and the more lush and mysterious coastal enclaves; others are set in Australia’s past. The youthful dreams, physical desires and mental despair of Malouf’s richly varied characters as they explore their place in the world are always moving and universal. 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.

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The name David Malouf is, for me and many others, synonymous with great Australian literature. Therefore, it’s interesting that the short stories of another Australian literary figure, Tim Winton sold more than five times the number of Malouf’s recent, critically acclaimed Every Move You Make. Let’s hope that this timely release of Malouf’s Complete Stories will attract the sizeable audience it deserves. Established fans can rediscover the elegantly structured prose of stories like ‘Out of the Stream’. New acquaintances of this magnificent writer will be enthralled by the exquisitely detailed description and the intricate plotline expertly captured in just ten pages in ‘Sorrows and Secrets’. Whether read from cover to cover or dipped into and out of, this beautiful collection will provide maximum reading pleasure. Malouf fans new and old, stand up and be counted - add this wonderful collection to your library.

Emily McGannon works in the publishing industry

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