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In a sunlit piazza on an April morning, women throw buckets of water over the cobbles and men deliver trays of pastry to trattorie. In a barren room above, a fanatic watches, engaged in the details of his life's most important project: the assassination of one of Italy's most beloved men of letters.
In this penetrating novella, David Malouf, the highly acclaimed Australian author and finalist for the Booker Prize, plumbs the darker uses of our passions. Weaving a dense tapestry of sensual observation and personal events of mythic importance, he re-creates the frighteningly fascinating mind of a madman poised at his moment of truth. Dazzling in its beauty, intensely enigmatic, Child's Play conjures the mystical rising and falling of fear and pathos, where human idiosyncrasy and the incantatory rhythms of life give way to mania.
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"Written with the beautiful clarity and sharp edges of cut crystal." --Sunday Telegraph (London)
"Malouf has a gift for phrases and an eye for the evocation of murky and mystical places." --The New Republic
"Malouf is a master of narrative technique. . . . He is one of our finest writers, a poet with an ear for language." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Malouf's writing [is] rich and dense with meaning and atmosphere. . . . Marvelous prose under tight control."--New York Review of Books
David Malouf is the author of ten novels and six volumes of poetry. His novel The Great World was awarded both the prestigious Commonwealth Prize and the Prix Femina Estranger. Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
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Book Description Chatto and Windus, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Good. **SHIPPED FROM UK** We believe you will be completely satisfied with our quick and reliable service. All orders are dispatched as swiftly as possible! Buy with confidence!. Seller Inventory # 2285967
Book Description Chatto & Windus, 1982. Condition: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. No dust jacket. , 450grams, ISBN:0701139021. Seller Inventory # 7150106
Book Description London: Chatto & Windus, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. VG/VG. 215 pp. First collected edition. ISBN: 0-7011-6123-X. DJ edges very lightly rubbed. Front panel has one very light surface scratch. Brodart protective DJ. Seller Inventory # 1105
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1982. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 215 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in Fine condition throughout. Seller Inventory # 113132
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1982. Hardback. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Fine first printing of the author's novella and two stories. Light flecking to the top edge but an unread copy. The book is square and tight. The dustwrapper has been clipped and re-priced by the publisher but is unmarked. As an enthusiastic collector myself I make every effort to provide a high level of service. Enquiries welcomed. Paypal accepted. Seller Inventory # 007937
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1982. Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library. usual library markings. Price not clipped. Seller Inventory # 015382
Book Description Chatto & Windus, 1982. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. First Edition. Seller Inventory # SONG0701139021
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1982. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. The dust jacket is lightly shelf worn with minor markings. The pages have acquired a light tan and the edges of the book are lightly spotted. 215 pages. Size: Size D: 7"-8" Tall (177-203mm). Seller Inventory # 1365
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1982. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. generally fine copy. Seller Inventory # 25260
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 1982. Cloth. Condition: Very Good ++. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First U.K. Edition. PRICE NOT CLIPPED. Light water stain to approx. 1/4 of the bottom of dj. Seller Inventory # 006226