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Fetish Lives

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In this arresting and richly imaginative collection of twelve stories, Gail Jones explores the role of obsession -- the inescapable loves and torments she calls fetishes -- in the lives of both the famous and the ordinary. Structured around a series of lyrical echoes and repeated images, her stories weave fact and speculation to recreate little-known events in the lives of ...more
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by George Braziller (first published March 1st 1997)
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Jun 10, 2011 Tdlugosch rated it it was amazing
These are fascinating portraits of little known moments in famous authors' lives, sometimes imagined, sometimes juxtaposed with a fictional or maybe real character in present time. Gail Jones's style has been compared to Virginia Woolf, with good reason. I loved the description of a disputed photo of Walt Whitman, in contrast with the many staged photos he sat for: "In this photograph, the old man is himself, elemental. He is no more modest than immodest: old age superbly rising! He looks direct ...more
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Gail Jones is an author whose novels I have enjoyed very much since the lovely 'Sixty Lights'. This early set of short stories (1998) is ambitious, unashamedly intellectual and for the most part successful. I always have difficulty rating short stories as they are rarely all of the same quality and this happened here. Sometimes, too, Jones prose is a little too ornate or obscure. Overall, though, I was fascinated by her concept of taking a small detail from the life of a famous person (such as F ...more
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Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels BLACK MIRROR, SIXTY LIGHTS, DREAMS OF SPEAKING, SORRY and FIVE BELLS.

Three times shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, her prizes include the WA Premier's Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and th
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“Famously contemptuous of the art of photography, Marcel Proust, of all men, would have understood that the face I am seeking is in the end unfixable. People never stop changing position in relation to us. In the imperceptible but incessant movement of the world, we regard them as immobile in an instant of vision too brief for us to notice the moment which is propelling them. But we have only to select from our memories two pictures of them taken at different times, but similar enough for them not to change in themselves, at least not perceptibly and the difference between the two pictures is a gauge of the displacement they have undergone in relation to us. Even the dead are not immobile and dreams pay no homage to the absurd waking-myth of fixity.” 0 likes
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