Murray Bail


Born
in Adelaide, SA, Australia
September 22, 1941


Murray Bail (born 22 September 1941) is an Australian writer of novels, short stories and non-fiction.

He was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He has lived most of his life in Australia except for sojourns in India (1968–70) and England and Europe (1970–74). He currently lives in Sydney.

He was trustee of the National Gallery of Australia from 1976 to 1981, and wrote a book on Australian artist Ian Fairweather.

A portrait of Bail by the artist Fred Williams is hung in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. The portrait was done while both Williams and Bail were Council members of the National Gallery of Australia

Average rating: 3.49 · 4,829 ratings · 468 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Eucalyptus

3.54 avg rating — 4,254 ratings — published 1998 — 3 editions
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The Pages

2.94 avg rating — 196 ratings — published 2008 — 14 editions
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Homesickness: A Novel

3.16 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 1980 — 12 editions
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The Voyage

2.81 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 2012 — 12 editions
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Camouflage: Stories

3.26 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2000 — 12 editions
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The Drover's Wife And Other...

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Holden's Performance: A Novel

3.18 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 1989 — 9 editions
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The Faber Book of Contempor...

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Notebooks

3.67 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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“A person meets thousands of different people across a lifetime, a woman thousands of different men, of all shades, and many more if she constantly passes through different parts of the world. Even so, of the many different people a person on average meets it is rare for one to fit almost immediately in harmony and general interest. For all the choices available the odds are enormous.The miracle is there to be grasped.”
Murray Bail, Eucalyptus

“Some people, some nations, are permanently in shade. Some people cast a shadow. Lengths of elongated darkness precede them, even in church or when the sun is in, as they say, mopped up by the dirty cloth of the could. A puddle of dark forms around their feet. It's very pine like. The pine and darkness are one. Eucalypts are unusual in this respect: set pendulously their leaves allow see-through foliage which in turn produces a frail patterned sort of shade, if at all. Clarity, lack of darkness-these might be called 'eucalyptus qualities'.”
Murray Bail, Eucalyptus

“Descriptions of dreams have a dubious place in storytelling. For these are dreams which have been imagined--'dreamed up', to be slotted in. A story can be made up. How can a dream be made up? By not rising of its own free will from the unconscious it sets a note of falsity, merely illustrating something 'dream-like', which may be why dream descriptions within stories seen curiously meaningless. To avoid glazing over, best then to turn the page quickly.”
Murray Bail, Eucalyptus

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