Michelle de Kretser


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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Michelle de Kretser is an Australian novelist who was born in Sri Lanka but moved to Australia when she was 14.

She was educated in Melbourne and Paris, and published her first novel, 'The Rose Grower' in 1999. Her second novel, published in 2003, 'The Hamilton Case' was winner of the Tasmania Pacific Prize, the Encore Award (UK) and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Southeast Asia and Pacific). 'The Lost Dog' was published in 2007. It was one of 13 books on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. From 1989 to 1992 she was a founding editor of the Australian Women's Book Review.

Average rating: 3.15 · 7,084 ratings · 1,172 reviews · 11 distinct worksSimilar authors
Questions of Travel

3.09 avg rating — 2,560 ratings — published 2012 — 19 editions
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The Life to Come

3.24 avg rating — 1,952 ratings — published 2017 — 13 editions
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The Hamilton Case

3.20 avg rating — 737 ratings — published 2003 — 20 editions
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The Lost Dog

3.04 avg rating — 775 ratings — published 2008 — 17 editions
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Springtime: A Ghost Story

3.01 avg rating — 703 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
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The Rose Grower

3.38 avg rating — 264 ratings — published 1999 — 9 editions
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Lonely Planet Brief Encount...

2.76 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1998
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On Shirley Hazzard

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la mangeuse de roses

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“the twentieth century was best represented by an unwilling traveler. “I mean, think of the millions of soldiers mobilized by wars. And all the people made homeless because of them. Now the world is full of people who don’t belong where they end up and long for the places where they did.”
Michelle de Kretser, Questions of Travel

“George moved from one group of people he didn’t know to another, trying to get out of the draught. The girls didn’t seem to notice it. They were Sydney girls, with short skirts and long, bare arms. Recently, George had gone to an opening at a gallery in the company of a visiting lecturer from Berlin. The artist was fashionable, and the gallery’s three rooms were packed. Over dinner, the German woman expressed mild astonishment at the number of sex workers who had attended the opening. ‘Is this typical in Australia?’ she asked. George had to explain that she had misunderstood the significance of shouty make-up, tiny, shiny dresses and jewels so large they looked fake.”
Michelle de Kretser, The Life to Come

“We believe the explanation we hear last. It's one of the ways in which narrative influences our perception of truth. We crave finality, and end to interpretation, not seeing that this too, the tying up of all loose ends in the last chapter, is only a storytelling ruse. The device runs contrary to experience, wouldn't you say? Time never simplifies - it unravels and complicates. Guilty parties show up everywhere. The plot does nothing but thicken.”
Michelle de Kretser, The Hamilton Case

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