The Boy Behind the Curtain

Author: Tim Winton

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509816968

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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Eclectic and impassioned, a collection that affirms the power of the written word.' – Observer The Boy Behind the Curtain is a portrait of a life, a place and a man. In this deeply personal collection of true stories and essays Tim Winton shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and – most pressingly – how all his experiences have made him a writer. From unexpected links between car crashes and faith, surfing and writing, to the story of his upbringing in the changing Australian landscape, The Boy Behind the Curtain is an impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing collection of memories, and Winton's most personal book to date.

The Boy Behind the Curtain

Author: Tim Winton

Publisher: Hamish Hamilton

ISBN: 9781926428765


Page: 320

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"The remarkable true stories of The Boy Behind the Curtainreveal an intimate and rare view of Tim Winton's imagination at work and play. A chronicler of sudden turnings, brutal revelations and tender sideswipes, Tim Winton has always been in the business of trouble. In his novels chaos waits in the wings and ordinary people are ambushed by events and emotions beyond their control. But as these extraordinarily powerful memoirs show, the abrupt and the headlong are old familiars to the author himself, for in many ways his has been a life shaped by havoc. In The Boy Behind the CurtainWinton reflects on the accidents, traumatic and serendipitous, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision. On the unexpected links between car crashes and religious faith, between surfing and writing, and how going to the wrong movie at the age of eight opened him up to a life of the imagination. And in essays on class, fundamentalism, asylum seekers, guns and the natural world he reveals not only the incidents and concerns that have made him the much-loved writer he is, but some of what unites the life and the work. By turns impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing, this is Winton's most personal book to date, an insight into the man who's held us enthralled for three decades and helped us reshape our view of ourselves. Behind it all, from risk-taking youth to surprise-averse middle age, has been the crazy punt of staking everything on becoming a writer."

Boy Behind the Curtain

Author: Tim Winton

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143785996

Category: Australian essays

Page: 320

View: 5730

'Being a copper's son, I've always got one eye out for trouble. I can't help it. But I don't go looking for it anymore.' In Tim Winton's fiction, chaos shapes the lives of his characters. So too Winton's own life. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtaintake us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents, both serendipitous and traumatic, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision. By turns impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing, this is Winton's most personal book to date, an insight into the man who's held us enthralled for three decades and helped us reshape our view of ourselves. Behind it all, from risk-taking youth to surprise-averse middle age, has been the crazy punt of staking everything on becoming a writer.

The Boy's Own Paper

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Publisher: N.A



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The Cremator

Author: Fuks, Ladislav

Publisher: Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press

ISBN: 802463290X

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

View: 6900

“The devil’s neatest trick is to persuade us that he doesn’t exist.” It is a maxim that both rings true in our contemporary world and pervades this tragicomic novel of anxiety and evil set amid the horrors of World War II. As a gay man living in a totalitarian, patriarchal society, noted Czech writer Ladislav Fuks identified with the tragic fate of his Jewish countrymen during the Holocaust. The Cremator arises from that shared experience. Fuks presents a grotesque, dystopian world in which a dutiful father, following the strict logic of his time, liberates the souls of his loved ones by destroying their bodies—first the dead, then the living. As we watch this very human character—a character who never ceases to believe that he is doing good—become possessed by an inhuman ideology, the evil that initially permeates the novel’s atmosphere concretizes in this familiar family man. A study of the totalitarian mindset with stunning resonance for today, The Cremator is a disturbing, powerful work of literary horror.

The Vanishing of the Mona Lisa

Author: Martin Caparros

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416579434

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 7147

On August 22, 1911, the world was shocked by an audacious crime: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. Although some people suspected subversive artists like Picasso or Apollinaire of perpetrating the theft, no arrests were made. Two years later, an Italian named Vincenzo Perugia was detained after attempting to sell the Mona Lisa to an antiques dealer in Florence -- but the mystery of the theft itself was never satisfactorily resolved. In his spellbinding novel Valfierno, Martín Caparrós tackles this enigma, presenting us with a fascinating criminal unable to go to his grave without divulging the details of his outrageous heist. In tantalizing conversations with an American journalist, the Marqués de Valfierno sheds light on his past secrets, including his sordid origins as Bollino, son of a Buenos Aires servant woman, a man ultimately transformed into the most notorious con artist in the world. A sly and consummate entertainer, Valfierno reveals the shifting identities of the anonymous Argentine boy who has gone on to become a veritable artist, creating for himself the perfect role of wealthy aristocrat in Belle Époque Paris as he prepares for his crime. Featuring an engaging cat-and-mouse drama and unforgettable characters, Valfierno is a brilliant fictional-ization of the greatest theft of the twentieth century, as well as a compelling psychological portrait of a true mastermind. Valfierno, Caparrós's eighth novel, won the prestigious Premio Planeta award in 2004.

Subversive Sublimities

Author: Eitel Friedrich Timm

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781879751286

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 134

View: 6082

This anthology of critical essays pursues a field of scholarship that has only recently caught fire: the dark side of the German Enlightenment. The most prominent of German enlightened poets and thinkers - Goethe, Schiller, Lichtenberg, Tieck, among others - were conspicuously prone to the ideology of shamans, occultists, and charlatans of modern science and psychology. And yet the studies published here for the first time argue that the fascination with magic and the occult are not symptoms of a dying age but subversively productive elements, so that the subversiveness of irrationalism may be said to have become a progressive rather than a reactionary force.

Murder in the Pigsty

Author: Gary R. Austin

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1452024227

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

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It is the first week of July, in the year 1956, and four teenaged siblings are spending time on a rural farm in Arkansas; bored and restless. They, along with their parents are just beginning their summer vacation paying the obligatory visit to the grandparents, and Uncle Romey, the adult son with Down's syndrome. Instead of spending their time searching for four-leafed clovers in the grass, the youngsters would rather be going to the beach every day and hanging out with their friends back home in Long Beach, California. The vacation seems as though it will be the same as the last oneand the one before that. But at least the arrival of an aunt and uncle and cousin makes things a little more fun for the youngsters, as they find ways to entertain themselves; which of course translates as getting into mischief. Also, with the arrival of the aunt and uncle, tensions begin to escalate between the adults when a long held secret, previously known only to the grandparents is brought to light. Then with the unexpected arrival of the argumentative, prodigal daughter, who has decided to join the family in the Fourth of July celebration, things really begin to heat up within the household and the dissention magnifies. What was expected to be a routine holiday celebration, turns into an exraordinary adventure. With the discovery of long buried human remains, the story unfolds into one of dark secrets, assault, deception, lies, dead bodies, ghosts, and murder; and the life of each remaining family member is affected forever.