We are delighted to announce that Gerald Murnane has won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in the Fiction category for his book Border Districts (publishing 31st January 2019 in the UK). Murnane’s ‘perfectly formed short work’ won the prize over works by Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan, Kim Scott and, this year’s Miles Franklin winner, Michelle de Kretser.
In Border Districts, Gerald Murnane has distilled the various elements of his inimitable literary sensibility into a perfectly formed short work. The logic of this unique book is associative rather than narrative. Styled as a ‘report’ on the images that strike the mind of its narrator, it has him relating scenes from his childhood and adolescence, reflecting on the books he has read, remembering old acquaintances, and taking in the landscape of the small borderland town where he has come to live. The narrative is an exquisite prism of introspection, in which a life’s experiences are carefully ordered and transformed into art by virtue of the patterns they come to form in the mind and the profoundly evocative qualities they have acquired. Rendered in crystalline prose and touched with an elegiac pathos, Border Districts is the crowning achievement of a singular literary career.
– Judges’ Comments
Border Districts (also shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2018) is the veteran author’s most recent work, and will be published in the UK on 31 January 2019, followed on 7 February by Murnane’s first novel Tamarisk Row, heralding a series of UK-first publications by And Other Stories. In 2020 we will bring out Murnane’s Stream System: Collected Short Fiction, and his novel A Million Windows, with a collection of essays, Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs, following in 2021. Other books will follow.
And Other Stories founder and publisher Stefan Tobler commented:
I’m a latecomer to Gerald Murnane’s work and would have loved to have his writing’s company over the last couple of decades, but it feels good to know that over the coming decades his books will be available here in the UK, excellent company for many new readers.
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