A haunting, beautiful and award-winning novel first published in 1982 to great acclaim.
"Twenty years ago, when I first arrived on the plains, I kept my eyes open. I looked for anything in the landscape that seemed to hint at some elaborate meaning behind appearances." There is no book in Australian literature like The Plains. In the two decades since its first publication, this haunting novel has earned its status as a classic. A nameless young man arrives on the plains and begins to document the strange and rich culture of the plains families. As his story unfolds, the novel becomes, in the words of Murray Bail, "a mirage of landscape, memory, love and literature itself".
In addition to The Plains, Gerald Murnane has published 6 fiction titles (Tamarisk Row, 1974; A Lifetime on Clouds, 1976; Landscape with Landscape, 1985; Inland, 1988; Velvet Waters, 1990 and Emerald Blue, 1995).
'The Plains has that peculiar singularity that can make literature great.' Ed Wright, Australian, Best Books of 2015
Winner of Patrick White Literary Award 1999 (Australia)
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