Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf

Something for the Pain: A Memoir of the Turf

by Gerald Murnane

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'Murnane’s intricate and increasingly plotless fiction… mesmerising prose, vivid image-making and deadpan humour… Something for the Pain should be recommended especially to those who shy away from literary modernism. Murnane is a writer of the greatest skill and tonal control.'— Financial Times UK

'Unquestionably one of the most original writers working in Australia today.'— The Australian

'Murnane, a genius, is a worthy heir to Beckett.'—Teju Cole

' Something for the Pain is Gerald Murnane at his best. His meticulous exploration of his lifelong obsession with horse racing is by turns hilarious, moving and profound.'—Andy Griffiths

'Murnane recounts his life through his abiding obsession with horse racing. But you don’t have to care about horse racing—it’s the quality of the obsessed mind that matters.'—Ben Lerner in The New Yorker

'A writer of such precision and irony...'—Lorin Stein in Paris Review

‘A memoir of horse racing that speaks of triumphs and tragedies, of the infinite shades of friendship and romance, of the precision and persistence of memory, and – it its characteristically calm, direct prose as much as its contents – of virtue.’— Times Literary Supplement , Best of 2015

Growing up in the bush, Gerald Murnane became obsessed with horse racing. He had never ridden a horse, nor seen a race, and he had no interest in gambling. Yet he was entranced by the pictures in the Sporting Globe , the horses' racing colors, their names—the incantation of them in radio broadcasts of race commentary from towns near and far. Murnane discovered in these races more than he could find in religion or philosophy. They were the gateway to a world of imagination.

Murnane is like no other writer, and Something for the Pain is like no other Murnane book. In this unique and spellbinding memoir, he tells the story of his life through the lens of horse racing. It is candid, witty and moving—a treat for lovers of literature and of the turf.

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. His acclaimed debut novel, Tamarisk Row , was published in 1974 and was followed by nine other works of fiction, the most recent of which is A Million Windows. In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925240375
Publisher: Text Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 715,682
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He has been a primary teacher, an editor and a university lecturer. His debut novel, Tamarisk Row (1974), was followed by nine other works of fiction, the most recent of which is A Million Windows. In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. He lives in western Victoria.

Table of Contents

1 Something for the Pain 1

2 The Drunk in the Dance Hall 11

3 A Bernborough Finish 17

4 We Backed Money Moon 27

5 Gerald and Geraldo 35

6 A. R. Sands, Demigod 47

7 Miss Valora and Pat Tally 59

8 The Two Maikais 69

9 Illoura and Miss Lawler 81

10 Form-Plan and Otto Fenichel 89

11 Lickity and the Eccentric Aunt 101

12 Orange, Purple Sleeves, Black Cap 111

13 Pavia and Tulloch 119

14 Basil Burgess at Moonee Valley 127

15 P. S. Grim wade in the Central Highlands 135

16 Who Saw Rio Robin? 145

17 Palatial, the Dream-Horse 155

18 There Was an Emperor Napoleon 161

19 Targie and Ladies' Pants 171

20 Elkayel and the Enzedders 179

21 Summer Fair and Mrs Smith 185

22 Sir Flash and the Borderers 197

23 Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo 209

24 Mary Christian Murday of the Same Address 219

25 Reward for Effort 229

26 They're Racing in the Antipodes 237

27 Lord Pilate and Bill Coffey 245

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