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Author Hughes, John, 1961- author

Title The remnants / John Hughes
Published Crawley, W.A. : UWA, 2012


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 MELB  827.04 H8931 A6/R  AVAILABLE
Description 279 pages ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents pt. I. In an indeterminate place -- pt. II. The crystal ship -- pt. III. Lost and found -- pt. IV. Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes -- pt. V. The nostalgia of translation
Summary This is a novel about legacy and influence. The central story deals with exile, memory, and loss, as well as a son's terrible desire to exorcise the past and recreate himself. A manuscript written by an Australian art historian is discovered by his son after the father's death. Claiming to have discovered a series of lost paintings by Piero della Francesca in the small Tuscan city of Arezzo, the father's manuscript moves between Renaissance Italy and post-Revolutionary Russia. At its core is the relationship the father has with an ageing Russian emigre, a woman who claims to have nursed the poet, Osip Mandelstam, in his final days. She is haunted by the ghost of her murdered son and the traumas she experiences before escaping Russia at the beginning of World War II. This central story is mediated by the son's commentary. He makes his own journey to Italy, which opens up Australia (and his past) for him in the form of a journey he took with his father to the Simpson Desert, 30 years before. With three stories tightly interwoven, this deeply philosophical novel is about translations between languages and cultures, and ultimately, the translation of the father into the son
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Australian fiction -- 21st century.
Australian fiction.
Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Poets -- Fiction.
Emigration and immigration -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
ISBN 9781742583327 (paperback)