"Masterful and unforgettable."--Pico Iyer
"Melancholy, singular, exhilarating, "Belomor" reads like a
haunted history of the world."--Delia Falconer
""Belomor" resists easy categorisation. Its many characters are
elusive, some more types than characters, more mouthpieces than
fully rounded individuals. But this does not detract from this
beautiful and mesmerising book, which engages the intellect as well
as the emotions."--"Weekend Australian"
Elegiac and seductive, "Belomor" is the frontier where truth and
invention meet--where fragments from distant lives intermingle, and
A man seeks out the father figure who shaped his picture of the
past. A painter seeks redemption after the disasters of his years
in northern Australia. A student of history travels into the depths
of religion, the better to escape the demons in his mind. A
filmmaker seeks out freedom and open space, and looks into the murk
and sediment of herself.
Four chapters: four journeys through life, separate, yet
interwoven as the narrative unfolds.
In this entrancing new book from one of Australia's most
original writers, we meet European dissidents from the age of
postwar communism, artists in the outback, snake hunters, opal
miners, and desert magic healers. "Belomor" is a meditation on time
and loss: on how the most bitter recollections bring happiness, and
the meaning of a secret rests in the thoughts surrounding it.
Nicolas Rothwell is the award-winning author of "Heaven and
Earth," "Wings of the Kite-Hawk," "Another Country," "The Red
Highway," and "Journeys to the Interior." He lives in Darwin,
Northern Territory, and is the "Australian" newspaper's roving
Belomor was chosen as one of the Times Literary Supplements Best
Books of 2013.
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