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Description - Watch Of Gryphons by 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781869417062
ISBN-10: 1869417062
Format: Paperback
Pages: 316
Imprint: Vintage New Zealand
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
Publish Date: 15-May-2005
Country of Publication: New Zealand

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Author Biography - Owen Marshall

Owen Marshall, described by Vincent O Sullivan as New Zealand s best prose writer , is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet and anthologist, who has written or edited 30 books, including the bestselling novel The Larnachs. Numerous 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 became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to literature, in 2012 was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) and in 2013 received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction. In 2000 his novel Harlequin Rex won the Montana New Zealand Book Awards Deutz Medal for Fiction. Many of his others have been shortlisted for major awards, and his work has been extensively anthologised. In 2003 he was the inaugural recipient of the Creative New Zealand Writers Fellowship, and was the 2009/10 Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellow. In 2006 he was invited by the French Centre National du Livre to participate in their Les Belles Etranges festival and subseque

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