By Frank Moorhouse
Publish 12 months note: First released in 2000
Five years have handed for the reason that Edith Campbell Berry's victorious arrival on the League of countries in Geneva, made up our minds to correct the wrongs of the realm. The idealism of these early Grand Days has been eroded through a feeling foreboding because the international strikes ever toward one other battle. Edith's existence too, has replaced: her marriage and her paintings are not any longer the anchors in her lifestyles -- she is stressed, uncertain, feeling the burden of historical past upon her and her world.
As her certainties collapse, Edith is once more joined through Ambrose Westwood, her outdated pal and lover. Their reunion is pleased, and her outdated anxiousness approximately their unconventional dating is changed by way of a sense that each one issues are attainable -- at the very least in her inner most life.
But international battle II advances inexorably, and Edith, Ambrose and their fellow officials needs to come to phrases with the data that their top efforts -- and people of the well-meaning global -- are easily lifeless opposed to the forces of the time. relocating, clever and completely engrossing, it is a profound and enriching novel. Grand Days and darkish Palace verify Frank Moorhouse as considered one of our best writers -- a grasp of tone and timing, a sublime and exuberant stylist, and an unerring chronicler of the human spirit.
Miles Franklin Literary Award (2001)
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Because we’ve claimed to interpret His will? Perhaps because we’ve killed, because the rage of the humble was treated the wicked agents of starvation so mercilessly? Is that what you wrote, Magister? Is that what you were thinking during those final moments, as the army of the princes marched to the siege of heroic Mühlhausen? One single reason. Not one reason, not even the unfathomable will of the Lord our God, is enough to banish our despair. Because it is still a cry of despair, uttered from the depths of a dark cell.
His name is Elias, he’s followed Müntzer from Zwickau, never leaving him, like a great protecting shadow. A glance to weigh up what he has before him: a few kilos of raw meat, for a stone-cutter from the Erzgebirge. A little student with his head full of conjectures in Latin, asking to speak to Magister Thomas, as he calls him. ’ he asked me straight away. I told him about the time when Müntzer’s voice petrified Melanchthon, and about my meeting with the prophet Stübner. ’ he exclaimed with a laugh.
Meanwhile we’ve challenged Melanchthon. But as far as Müntzer’s concerned they’re both dead already. ’ Abandon the dead: get back to life. Get out of this marshland. ’ Luther Blissett – Q – 26th September 2002 Page 40 of 477 ‘Travelling around Thuringia, preaching,’ My expression tells him all he needs to know. ‘It isn’t hard to track him down. ’ I get up and pay for his beers. ‘Thanks. ’ Luther Blissett – Q – 26th September 2002 Page 41 of 477 Chapter 10 Wittenberg, March 1522 I rush along, almost slipping in the mud, my breath ahead of me cutting through the morning frost.
Dark Palace by Frank Moorhouse