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And So Forth/Dessaix, Rober/Paper/0330362070/S028-D
In this award-winning selection of his short fiction, essays and journalism from the last decade, Robert Dessaix offers insights into the many selves at play behind the mask of well-known broadcaster and author of Night Letters.
Dessaix the traveller, thinker, linguist and self-confessed dilettante muses in these pieces on an astonishing array of subjects from Orientalism to Aboriginal spirituality, from the art of translation to the nature of creativity, from covetousness to gay fiction, from Albanian tourism to adoption and the suburban family; and in so doing reveals the workings of a brilliant, if unorthodox, mind.
The literary achievement is breathtaking. It is comparable to Nabokov's Speak Memory or to the iridescent memoirs of Cocteau." - Peter Craven, Sydney Morning Herald.
"A book to read and re-read, a collection to counter apathy and offset received dogma, to open the mind and refresh the soul." - Katherine England, Advertiser.
"Robert Dessaix is the kind of thinker who likes to chase an idea around the room and see where it lands. In this selection we find Dessaix at his most playful and thoughtful." - Michelle Griffin, Age.
"The writing flirts and withdraws, then charges out to show off, but all the time assesses its own truth. Dessaix is a stylist who worries away at authenticity. His high-seriousness about what matters in life is infectious." - Rosemary Sorensen, Courier Mail.
Winner of the Colin Roderick Award for 1998.