A Season on Earth

Author(s): Gerald Murnane

Biography

What he had been searching for was not the perfect religious order but the perfect landscape...From that moment on he was a poet in search of his ideal landscape.


Lost to the world for more than four decades, A Season on Earth is the essential link between two acknowledged masterpieces by Gerald Murnane: the lyrical account of boyhood in his debut novel, Tamarisk Row, and the revolutionary prose of The Plains.


A Season on Earth is Murnane's second novel as it was intended to be, bringing together all of its four sections--the first two of which were published as A Lifetime on Cloudsin 1976 and the last two of which have never been in print. A hilarious tale of a lustful teenager in 1950s Melbourne, A Lifetime on Clouds has been considered an outlier in Murnane's fiction. That is because, as Murnane writes in his foreword, it is 'only half a book and Adrian Sherd only half a character'. Here, at last, is sixteen-year-old Adrian's journey in full, from fantasies about orgies with American film stars and idealised visions of suburban marital bliss to his struggles as a Catholic novice, and finally a burgeoning sense of the boundless imaginative possibilities to be found in literature and landscapes.


Adrian Sherd is one of the great comic creations in Australian writing, and A Season on Earth is a revelatory portrait of the artist as a young man.

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General Fields

  • : 9781925773347
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : January 2019
  • : ---length:- '23.4'width:- '15.3'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

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  • : Hardback
  • : 1902
  • : English
  • : 1 Fiction
  • : 512
  • : Gerald Murnane