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- DescriptionThe Source of the Sound traces the journeys of exiles in search of home, through the terrestrial infers and purgatories of supermodernity. In almost every story there is some elemental contact with light and sound; the characters' longing for simple, uncorrupted signs that would render life in the 21st century meaningful and justified. 'The City Lost to Heaven' revives the medieval miracle play in the unlikely setting of Beijing, pitting the quiet of winter sw and whispering traditions against the ise of progress. 'Integrity' imagines an obscure, unloved place on a western Queensland plain, that by Providence or otherwise, is protected by the play of light and shadow on the landscape, and which, unlike history-snubbing n-places, possesses a memory. Naturally, the collection is littered with the mise-en-scene of being lost: motel rooms, alcohol abuse, prostitution ...'Music for Airports' is the tale of three journeys: of a disoriented diplomat, a man he might have saved from the firing squad and a flock of eastern curlew. 'A Haunted Solitude' tells of two Croatian soldiers who encounter a gypsy prostitute in wartime Bosnia. 'The Passenger' imagines a highway that never ends. The collection's final story, 'The Source of the Sound', is a response to the murder of a close friend of the author's sister, many years ago in the town where they grew up. As a story of tragic death, it is concerned with the deepest exile: exile and the kingdom.
- Author BiographyPatrick Holland grew up outback Queensland. His novel The Long Road of the Junkmailer won the Queensland Premier's Award for Emerging Author and was short-listed for The Commonwealth Writer's Prize, best first book. His second novel, The Mary Smokes Boys will appear in August 2010. A collection of his non-fiction, Riding the Trains in Japan will follow in 2011. The Source of the Sound won the Scott Prize and is his debut story collection.
- Author(s)Patrick Holland
- PublisherSalt Publishing
- Date of Publication30/11/2010
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- First Published2010
- ImprintSalt Publishing
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight179 g
- Width127 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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