Imaginary Life

ISBN-10: 0679767932
ISBN-13: 9780679767930
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Malouf
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/28/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

In the first century A.D., Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverent poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea. From these sparse facts, Malouf has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving novel. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impale their dead and converse with the spirit world.Then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer. What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it. "A work of unusual intelligence and imagination, full of surprising images and insights...One of those rare books you end up underlining and copying out into notebooks and reading out loud to friends."--The New York Times Book Review

David Malouf was born in 1934 in Brisbane, Australia. He attended Brisbane Grammar School and graduated from the University of Queensland. Malouf's first published work was "Interiors" in 1962. Since then, he has published eight poetry collections, eight novels, an autobiography and a play. He has also written the libretto for Richard Meale's opera, "Voss." He has been awarded the Prix Femina Etranger, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Pascall Prize. David Malouf uses life in Australia as a major theme in his work, with much of his fiction recreating his childhood in Brisbane.

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