Dream Stuff: Stories

Dream Stuff: Stories

Pantheon
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Book Description

From the internationally acclaimed author of Remembering Babylon, here is a collection of powerfully evocative stories that encompass a half-century of Australian life.

A young boy yearning for the return of his father, away at war, is nonetheless entranced by his mother's G.I. escort. A writer struggles to piece together a defining image of his late father. A military recruit is scarred by his imagined complicity in a bizarre nightly ritual. A "comfort girl" searches for comfort of her own. From settings of tropical lushness to blacksoil country, from the aboriginal outback to city streets, these superbstories conjure the complexity of memory and the stuff of dreams, both real and imagined.

Here are men and women in search of connection, or wary of it, remembering earlier, more vulnerable selves in moments of innocence or shame--moments illuminated by flashes of unpredictable violence and pain, or by glimmers of sly humor. Here are people shaped, as we all are, by the mysterious rhythms of nature and the ghosts of their own pasts.

Wise and moving, startling and lyrical, the stories in Dream Stuff confirm David Malouf's reputation as one the greatest novelists at work in English today.