The empty tussock dryness of New Zealand?s South Island, the ancient stone buildings of Italy?s Perugia, unsolved murder, the capricious indignity of Alzheimer?s disease, adoption ? there is a rich variety of setting and subject in this superb new collection by short fiction master Owen Marshall
The empty tussock dryness of New Zealand's South Island, the ancient stone buildings of Italy's Perugia, unsolved murder, the capricious indignity of Alzheimer's disease, adoption - there is a rich variety of setting and subject in this superb new collection by short fiction master Owen Marshall
. Several longer stories give WATCH OF GRYPHONS a special depth and resonance, but present, as always, is the startling range and subtlety of emotion readers have come to expect from this most gifted of writers. Few other authors can move as deftly from the almost unbearably touching to the wildly absurd or the tenderly ordinary; few can see so much within and behind the everyday of life.
Novelist, short story writer and poet, Owen Marshall
has written or edited twenty books to date. Awards for his fiction include the New Zealand Literary Fund Scholarship in Letters, fellowships at Otago and Canterbury universities and the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship in Menton, France. In 2000 he received the ONZM for services to literature and his novel HARLEQUIN REX won the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction. In 2002 the University of Canterbury awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, and in 2003 he was the inaugural recipient of the Creative New Zealand Writers' Fellowship. Born in 1941, Owen Marshall
has spent almost all his life in South Island towns, and has an affinity with provincial New Zealand.