Gerald Murnane

Invisible Yet Enduring Lilacs

A masterful collection of essays from one of Australia’s most searching and expert writers.

This collection of essays leads the reader into the searching and wildly fertile imagination of Gerald Murnane, one of the masters of contemporary Australian writing, author of the classics Border Districts and Tamarisk Row, and winner of the Patrick White Literary Award.


Delicately argued and finely written, they describe his dislocated youth in the suburbs of Melbourne and rural Victoria in the 1950s, his debt to writers as unlike as Adam Lindsay Gordon, Marcel Proust and Jack Kerouac, his obsession with racehorses and grasslands and the Hungarian language, and above all, his dedication to the worlds of significance that lie within, or just beyond, the familiar details of Australian life.


Paperback: £11.99
EBook: £6.99
Print status: Upcoming
Format: B-Format Paperback
Publication date: 5 March 2020
ISBN: 9781911508663
Ebook ISBN: 9781911508670
Availability: UK & C (excl Canada) and Europe.
Number of pages: 208


Ben Lerner
New Yorker

‘Murnane’s sentences are little dialectics of boredom and beauty, flatness and depth. They combine a matter-of-factness, often approaching coldness, with an intricate lyricism.’

J.M. Coetzee
New York Review of Books

‘[For Murnane,] access to the other world – a world distinct from and in many ways better than our own – is gained neither by good works nor by grace but by giving the self up to fiction.’

The New York Times

‘Strange and wonderful and nearly impossible to describe.’

J.M. Coetzee

‘As a writer, Murnane is [thus] a radical idealist.’ J.M. Coetzee