The letter writer admits that he is, arming myself against the coming of the night, as is writing. Even a war could not prevail against the magic of that magic place. Mar 01, 2012 as i was saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Travel, identity, mortality in the work of robert dessaix robert dessaix is a prominent figure in australian literary culture, known initially for. Interweaving incidents from an actual journey with stories of enchantment and passion set in a variety of lands and centuries, robert dessaix leaps from twelfthcentury india to lygon street, melbourne, from the tale of a bogus russian baroness to a diatribe against st anthony of padua, from a bizarre interpretation of casanovas exploits to a. They include the mysterious tales of ivan turgenev a translation with introduction published by the australian national university, 1979 and turgenev. Follow robert dessaix and explore their bibliography from s robert dessaix author page. Jan 01, 1996 dessaix wrote night letters in the mid1990s when he was coming to terms with his own hiv diagnosis, but the book never mentions the incurable disease its narrator is dying from. Punctuated at regular intervals by talks dessaix has given on a wide range of subjects. Dessaix writes with great elegance, with passion, compassion and sly wit. Robert dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster and occasional essayist. Robert dessaix was born in sydney and adopted at an early age. The company grants to the licensee a free, nonexclusive and non transferable.
Night letters by robert dessaix good condition, spine intact pet free and smoke free home pick up lane cove cod, 1244734877. The company grants to the licensee a free, nonexclusive and nontransferable. In these letters he reflects on questions of mortality, seduction and the search for paradise. Jun 07, 2017 in a remarkable work of memoir, literary biography and travel writing, robert dessaix has found the pulse that still quickened turgenevs age, but has failed in ours. Buy night letters book online at best prices in india on. This is a semiautobiographical roman a clef in which hiv plays a supporting role. Robert dessaix is known as a leading broadcaster, for. Dessaix s two previous books, night letters and corfu, were both hybrids partfiction, partmemoir, parttravel writing. Download citation from notebook to novel and from diary to dante. Robert dessaix night letters a journey through switzerland and italy edited and annotated by igor miazmov. Robert of course is the author of a mothers disgrace, night letters, corfu and twilight of love. His first fictional work, the epistolary novel night letters, was published in 1996.
To ask other readers questions about night letters, please sign up. The quest for faith australian national university, 1980. Night letters by robert dessaix 9781925143942 dymocks. Robert dessaix was born in sydney and adopted at an early age by tom and jean jones, after which he was known as robert jones. For 20 nights in a hotel room in venice, a traveler, recently diagnosed with an incurable illness, writes a letter home to a friend. Praise for night letters by robert dessaix dessaix writes with great elegance, with passion, compassion and sly wit. The thing i love about robert is he is so utterly himself, so unlike anyone else.
This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of australian literature during 1996. In times of great physical frailty in the past one was always conscious of the big person, the big intellect being active and present. Writer and poet peter hargitai, working on an english translation of utas s holdvilg traveler and the moonlight in 1988, met with szerbs widow, klra, curious to know whether there had been reallife models for the novels charactersparticularly for tams and va, who intrigued him above all the others. Pleasures of leisure, the robert dessaix 9780143780052. Robert dessaix is a writer of fiction, autobiography and the occasional essay. Not since edmund whites richly evocative nocturnes for the king of naples has a gay novelist infused the themes of love and death with so fine a lyric sensibility. Night letters by dessaix, robert and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Robert dessaix born 17 february 1944 is an australian novelist, essayist and journalist. To paraphrase this novel, though, is to deny its rich complexity. Robert dessaix s night letters is a poetic masterpiece. What days are for by robert dessaix 9780857985767 dymocks.
Robert dessaix has published a number of other books which are no longer in print and, with one or two exceptions, little known. He was educated at north sydney boys high school and the australian national university. As i was saying is a swirling conversation with the reader on everything from travel to dogs and cats, from sport and swearing to the pleasures of idleness. Robert dessaix refers to the heart attack that almost ended his life in july 2011. Robert dessaix is bestknown as a writer of literary nonfiction memoirs, essays, biography and autobiography, but has also published two novels, several short stories and one play. The premise of 20 letters in 20 nights had me intrigued and the freewriting, topic hopping. Special 70th anniversary american edition a new translation by writer and poet peter hargitai.
In these letters he reflects on questions of mortality, seduction and the search for paradise in deeply lifeenhancing ways. He was educated at north sydney boys high school and the australian. Buy what days are for by robert dessaix, hardcover format, from the dymocks online bookstore. A journey through switzerland and italy dessaix, robert, miazmov, igor on. Robert dessaix was the producer and presenter of abc radio nationals books. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading night letters. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app.
Texas destiny texas trilogy book 1 pdf book download online. Buy night letters book online at low prices in india. Pdf night letters by robert dessaix download pdf free ebook. The warrior and the woman pdf book download online. Twilight of love by robert dessaix the independent. In these letters, against a rich background of earlier journeys in literature, with dante as his imagined guide, he reflects on what it means to live a good life in the face of death. The premise of 20 letters in 20 nights had me intrigued and the freewriting, topichopping. In 1994 he published to critical acclaim a mothers disgrace, while his bestselling first novel, night letters 1996. Read the portal an initiates journey into the secret of renneslechateau by patrice chaplin available from rakuten kobo. Night letters was published in australia to critical acclaim in 1996. Reading robert dessaixs night letters this paper has developed out of a larger work in progress, which focuses. Praise for twilight of love by robert dessaix the most inventive portrait of a writers life and legacy since flauberts parrot. Kindle ereaders free kindle reading apps kindle ebooks kindle unlimited prime reading deals on kindle ebooks best sellers. Every night for twenty nights in a hotel room in venice, an australian man recently diagnosed with an incurable disease writes a letter home to a friend.
He describes the journey he has just made across northern italy from switzerland. As i was saying by robert dessaix penguin books australia. Here, he plays to his strengths by dropping the fiction in favour of. I just feel so free down here, that what i do doesnt matter. From 1985 to 1995, after teaching russian language and literature for many years at the australian national university and the university of new south wales, he presented the weekly books and writing program on abc radio national. Traveler and the moonlight ebook by 9781491789292 rakuten. His novel night letters, perhaps his most popular book and a longtime bestseller in australia. Robert dessaix, australian author memoirs, travel writing. Dessaix wrote night letters in the mid1990s when he was coming to terms with his own hiv diagnosis, but the book never mentions the incurable disease its narrator is dying from.82 1448 263 1256 663 445 277 204 1256 1487 856 453 1259 967 622 1102 69 345 1099 298 1268 129 265 1349 1268 548 1158 456 913 646 1144 111 1208 715