Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane

is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Plains (1982), Barley Patch (2009) and A Million Windows (2014).


About Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Plains (1982), Barley Patch (2009) and A Million Windows (2014).


Articles about Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane: An Idiot in the Greek Sense

‘The question will arise: did I live this imaginative life because I didn’t find my real life satisfactory? That’s a question that I can’t answer, that no one else can answer. You can’t answer these questions definitively. In some respects I was immensely satisfied by my real life, and yet, by the evidence of my writing, I wasn’t. Some people have terrible lives. I didn’t have a life like that, yet, on the evidence of my writing, my life wasn’t enough for me, and I had to have this other life. There’s no answer to these questions. It’s just a wonderful part of the mystery of being human.’ Gerald Murnane speaks with Shannon Burns

Fiction as Alchemy: An extract from an interview with Gerald Murnane

I understand that there is a time in the history of the visual arts when what we call scholars or critics wrote much about the composition of a painting. Not just the subject matter alone, but the way that the painting, the details or items in the painting, were arranged or composed... what I’ve just been talking about in relation to A Million Windows could be called the composition, and I get tremendous satisfaction from discovering what the composition will be, and then satisfaction afterwards in just standing back and admiring the composition.

The Wimmera region near Goroke Victoria
A Million Windows by Gerald Murnane cover

Remote Viewing: A Million Windows
by Gerald Murnane

As the narrator of A Million Windows repeatedly reaffirms, the most important compositional principle in Murnane’s work is a genuine and thoroughgoing respect for the space of fiction as something radically different from everyday reality.

Signs for the Soul

In 2012 J.M. Coetzee wrote an article on Gerald Murnane for the New York Review of Books. What are the relationships between how these two authors approach their writing?

Articles by Gerald Murnane

The Still-Breathing Author

I’m interested not only in what I recall and what I forget from my reading and writing; I’m interested also in what I remember and what I forget from my own experience. I’ve kept detailed journals at different periods of my life, and the twenty-eight filing-cabinet drawers that I call my chronological archive are full of long letters and notes reporting with utter frankness what might be called my private life. And yet, I’ve never looked into that archive while I’ve been writing for publication. I trust my own mind to provide me with all I need as the occasion arises.