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The Vivisector by Patrick White
  

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Shortlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize.

Following the life of a cruel and eccentric artist, Hurtle Duffield, who dissects all he meets , expressing his thoughts through his art. An interesting and sometimes shocking book, it will keep you gripped.

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Synopsis

The Vivisector by Patrick White

Hurtle Duffield is incapable of loving anything except what he paints. The people who court him are, above all, the victims of his art, and he dissects their weaknesses with cruel precision. The Australian author won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973.

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One of the greatest magicians of fiction ... White's scope is vast and his invention endless * Observer * Patrick White is, in the finest sense, a world novelist. His themes are catholic and complex and he pursues them with a single-minded energy and vision * Guardian * Australia's greatest novelist -- Geoffrey Rush


About the Author

Patrick White

Patrick White was born in England in 1912. He was taken to Australia (where his father owned a sheep farm) when he was six months old, but educated in England, at Cheltenham College and King’s College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where he wrote several unpublished novels, then served in the RAF during the Second World War. He returned after the war to Australia, where he became the most considerable figure in modern Australian literature before being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. His position as a man of letters was controversial, provoked by his unpredictable public statements and his belief that it is eccentric individuals who offer the only hope of salvation. Technically brilliant, he is one modern novelist to whom the oft-abused epithet ‘visionary’ can safely be applied. He died in September 1990.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st July 1994

Author

Patrick White

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Author's Website

patrickwhitefield.co.uk/

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback
624 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780099324614

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