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David Malouf: A Celebration/Indyk, Ivor (E/Paper/0642107459/S031-E
National Library of Australia
David Malouf: A Celebration, compiled and introduced by Ivor Indyk, brings together four essays that pay tribute to one of Australia's leading writers. The engaging voices of David Malouf's "four friends who are also fellow authors" speak of their varied and unique experiences of Malouf and his art.
Judith Rodriguez writes about David Malouf as a brilliant young man in Brisbane of the 1950s, through to the Australian expatriate experience of travelling through Europe and working in Britain in 1960s.
Vivian Smith takes up the story of Malouf's career as a poet, university lecturer and active participant in Australian literary life throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Nicholas Jose invites us to listen to the voice of David Malouf, the private man and eminent public writer: from delivering the Boyer Lectures, and creating conversations with his readers in his novels, to hosting friends at gregarious dinner parties.
Finally, Colm Toibin takes us from the strand at Ballyconnigar to swimming in the sea off Rottnest Island, Western Australia, and brings us in this sweep a description of friendship and abiding wonder at how, in his work, Malouf "has made the most intimate space and the closest observation his great world".
A selection of Malouf's poetry is also interspersed throughout this collection. Now so well known as one of our greatest novelists, these poems are a timely reminder of David Malouf the insightful poet who, as Ivor Indyk points out, "remains a poet, writing in the medium of prose".