A Million Windows by Gerald Murnane

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“A Million Windows” will find keen readers at literary theory seminars — but that, I suspect, will be it. Murnane, ­however, doesn’t write for a popular audience. So it shouldn’t bother him a bit.
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“The house of fiction,” wrote Henry James, “has . . . not one window, but a million.” In this, his latest work, Gerald Murnane, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary authors, takes these words as his starting point, and asks: Who, exactly, are that house’s residents, and what do they see from their respective rooms? His answer, A Million Windows, is a gorgeous (if unsettling) investigation into the glories and pitfalls of storytelling. Focusing on the importance of trust and the inevitability of betrayal in writing as in life, its nested stories explore the fraught relationships between author and reader, child and parent, boyfriend and girlfriend, husband and wife. Murnane’s fiction is woven from images-the reflections of the setting sun on distant windowpanes, seemingly limitless grasslands, a procession of dark-haired women, a clearing in a forest, the colors indigo and silver-grey, and the mysterious death of a young woman-which build to an emotional crescendo that is all the more powerful for the intricacy of its patterning.
 

About Gerald Murnane

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Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1939. He is the author of eight works of fiction, including Barley Patch, Inland, The Plains, and Tamarisk Row, as well as a collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs. Murnane has been a recipient of the Patrick White Award and the Melbourne Prize. Barley Patch won the 2010 Adelaide Festival Award for Innovation.
 
Published May 31, 2014 by Giramondo Publishing. 220 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by JAMES McNAMARA on Jun 17 2016

“A Million Windows” will find keen readers at literary theory seminars — but that, I suspect, will be it. Murnane, ­however, doesn’t write for a popular audience. So it shouldn’t bother him a bit.

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