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              Goat Mountain
                

              Goat Mountain (EPUB ebook)

              By Vann, David

              A novel that challenges our notions about masculinity, identity and the bonds formed through violence. Three generations of men hunt for deer on Goat Mountain. One hot autumn day, grandfather, son and grandson discover a poacher on their land. The eleven-year-old studies the poa...cher through the scope of his father's rifle, and pulls the trigger. Goat Mountain is an intensely powerful novel about how these men, and their boy, deal with the poacher's death, and with his body. In prose devastating and beautiful in its precision, David Vann explores our most primal urges, the ties that bind us, and the consequences of our actions - what we owe for what we've done. In the tradition of Cormac McCarthy, this is a dark, brutal but magnificent book, the best Vann has written. Reading group notes available at textpublishing.com.au/resources/reading-group-guides. David Vann is an internationally bestselling author published in nineteen languages. He is the winner of fourteen prizes and his books (Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, Dirt, A Mile Down and Last Day On Earth) have appeared on seventy Best Books lists in a dozen countries. He is a professor at the University of Warwick in England and lives in New Zealand part of the year. textpublishing.com.au 'Goat Mountain is a full-blooded return to form...Some of the set-pieces are magnificent and the story itself is relentless. The boy's predicament - both the physical danger he faces and his confusion at finding he exists in a moral vacuum from which no one can help him escape - grips you by the throat...David Vann is at war with sentimentality. I found it impossible to look away.' Metro 'This story has the power of a bullet fired from a gun.' Economist 'Goat Mountain by David Vann shows us viscerally that there is no there-there, that humans have to constantly renegotiate what real is, that the rules, laws, commandments are all man-made, and that every time a few people enter a room and close the door or get stuck
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              ISBN 9781921961489
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              Published AU 25 Sep 2013
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
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              Bright Air Black
                

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              By Vann, David

              'One of the most exciting writers at work today.' Australian It is 13th century B.C. and aboard the ship Argo, Medea, Jason and the Argonauts make their return journey across the Black Sea from Persia's Colchis, in possession of the Golden Fleece. David Vann, in brilliant poe...tic prose, gives us a nuanced and electric portrait of one of Greek mythology's most fascinating and notorious figures, Medea; an ancient tale reimagined through the eyes of the woman often cast as sorceress and monster. Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea's story ever told. Slaying her brother, destroying her father. These are acts of a god, acts that inspire fear and form myth. Gods do what cannot be done. And a woman can become a god more easily than a man because she is not allowed anything. She can become a thing of fear. David Vann is an internationally bestselling author published in twenty-one languages. He is the winner of fifteen prizes and his books have appeared on seventy Best Books lists in a dozen countries. He is a professor at the University of Warwick in England and lives in New Zealand for half of the year. 'Vann's prose is as pure as a gulp of water from an Alaskan stream.' Financial Times 'Vann's treatment of Medea has all the gore and poetry of McCarthy's Blood Meridian... While the finale is well known, there are enough surprises in Vann's revision to maintain interest, and the story of Medea continues to resonate, as its longevity suggests, in our contemporary moment.' Saturday Paper 'Dark, visceral, lyrical, sinister, sad: David Vann's hypnotic reimagining of Greek mythology's famously fiendish Medea is masterful-the expressive style is bizarre but brilliant. This is a book for lovers of poetry, Greek mythology, or for anyone who likes their prose offbeat, magical, or unclassifiable.' Readings 'The story is a familiar one, b
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              ISBN 9781922253781
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              Published AU 20 Mar 2017
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              A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea
                

              A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea (EPUB ebook)

              By Vann, David

              Work so that you can keep working. It seemed a proposition that could easily end in suicide. I wanted to escape this. I wanted to free myself from the working world and have time to write. And I wanted adventure. Grendel could never free me, but this boat could.David Vann has lov...ed boats all his life. So when his academic career seems to be stuck in the doldrums, he leaps at the opportunity to start an educational charter business, teaching creative writing workshops aboard a sailboat. But a trip to Turkey sees him dreaming bigger - and before he knows it, he is at the helm of his own ninety-foot boat, running charters along the Turkish coast. And here his troubles begin. Sinking deep into debt, and encountering everything from a lost rudder to freak storms, Vann is on the verge of losing everything - including his life. Part high-seas adventure, part journey of self-discovery, A Mile Down is a gripping and unforgettable story of struggle and redemption by a writer at the top of his game. David Vann is an internationally bestselling author published in nineteen languages. He is the winner of fifteen prizes and his books have appeared on seventy Best Books lists in a dozen countries. He is a professor at the University of Warwick in England and lives in New Zealand half of the year. textpublishing.com.au 'David Vann has created a tale of hubris and endurance that is both exciting and beautifully written.' Keith Scribner 'A Mile Down would be a cautionary tale for anyone who dreams of the freedom of the high seas - if only it wasn't so damn exciting...' Stewart O'Nan, author of Songs for the Missing 'At once memoir, confession, travel book and thriller, David Vann's A Mile Down is so vivid and intense you will dread to see it end...The book is a testimony of passion and courage in deadly storms and scarier calms, of a man wrestling with his ghosts and gifts in the very shadow of paradise.' Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek
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              ISBN 9781925095081
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              Published AU 26 Feb 2014
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              Aquarium
               

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              By Vann, David

              Twelve-year-old Caitlin lives alone with her mother in subsidised housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses... a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamoured of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother towards a precipice of terrifying consequence. In crystalline and graceful prose, Aquarium takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transform the damaged people around her. Relentless and heartbreaking, primal and redemptive, Aquarium is a transporting story from one of the best writers working today. David Vann's internationally bestselling books have won fifteen prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on seventy-five Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. David is currently a Professor at the University of Warwick in England and Honorary Professor at the University of Franche-Comte in France. 'Vann is a brave writer, daring to write about and depict things that most other authors would baulk at, but that's what makes him so good - that unflinching eye for the darkness you could potentially find in any of us, given the wrong chain of events.'Independent 'Unlike Vann's other novels, which exist in a closed system of violence and despair, this story offers redemption.'Kirkus Reviews 'Since electrifying the literary world five years ago with his debut novel, Legend of a Suicide, Vann has racked up an astonishing number of international awards. This lovely, wrenching novel should add to that list.' STARRED Review, Library Journal '[Vann] is the real thing-a mature, risk-taking and fantastically adept fiction writer who dares go to the darkest places, explore
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              ISBN 9781925095630
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              Published AU 25 Feb 2015
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              Dirt
               

              Dirt (EPUB ebook – New edition)

              By Vann, David

              Galen and his mother survive on old family money-an inheritance that his Aunt Helen and cousin Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on. When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, tensions come to a climax and Galen will discover the shocking truth of just... how far he will go to attain the transcendence he craves.
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              ISBN 9781921921612
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              Published AU 26 Apr 2012
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              Halibut on the Moon
               

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              By Vann, David

              International bestselling and award winning author David Vann's new novel, Halibut on the Moon is a portrait of a devastating mind held captive by depression.

              ISBN 9781925774320
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              Published AU 2 Apr 2019
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              Halibut on the Moon
               

              Halibut on the Moon (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Vann, David

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              Hailed as a writer to read and reread (Economist), who tracks the same wild territory as Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy (Observer), New York Times Notable author David Vann delivers a darkly intimate portrait of a man teetering on the precipice of life and death.

              ISBN 9780802148315
              Released AU 17 Mar 2020
              Publisher Black Cat
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              Dirt
               

              Dirt (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Vann, David

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              The year is 1985, and twenty-two-year-old Galen lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded old house surrounded by a walnut orchard in a suburb of Sacramento. He doesn't know who his father is, his abusive grandfather is dead, and his grandmother, losing her memory..., has been shipped off to a nursing home. Galen and his mother survive on the family's trust fund--old money that his aunt, Helen, and seventeen-year-old cousin, Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on. Galen, a New Age believer who considers himself an old soul, yearns for transformation: to free himself from the corporeal, to be as weightless as air, to walk on water. But he's powerless to stop the manic binges that overtake him, leading him to fixate on forbidden desires. A prisoner of his body, he is obsessed with thoughts of the boldly flirtatious Jennifer and dreams of shedding himself of the clinging mother whose fears and needs weigh him down. When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, near South Lake Tahoe, tensions crescendo. Caught in a compromising position, Galen will discover the shocking truth of just how far he will go to attain the transcendence he craves. An exhilarating portrayal of a legacy of violence and madness, Dirt is an entirely feverish read.
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              ISBN 9780062121073
              Released AU 23 Apr 2013
              Publisher Harper Perennial
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              Sukkwan Island
               

              Sukkwan Island (Paperback)

              By Vann, David

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              ISBN 9782070445523
              Released AU 1 Sep 2012
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              Caribou Island
               

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              By Vann, David

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              The prize-winning author of Legend of a Suicide delivers his highly anticipated debut novel. On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, a marriage is unraveling. Gary, driven by thirty years of diverted plans, and Irene, haunted by a tragedy in her past,... are trying to rebuild their life together. Following the outline of Gary's old dream, they're hauling logs to Caribou Island in good weather and in terrible storms, in sickness and in health, to build the kind of cabin that drew them to Alaska in the first place. But this island is not right for Irene. They are building without plans or advice, and when winter comes early, the overwhelming isolation of the prehistoric wilderness threatens their bond to the core. Caught in the emotional maelstrom is their adult daughter, Rhoda, who is wrestling with the hopes and disap-pointments of her own life. Devoted to her parents, she watches helplessly as they drift further apart. Brilliantly drawn and fiercely honest, Caribou Island captures the drama and pathos of a husband and wife whose bitter love, failed dreams, and tragic past push them to the edge of destruction. A portrait of desolation, violence, and the darkness of the soul, it is an explosive and unforgettable novel from a writer of limitless possibility.
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              ISBN 9780061875731
              Released AU 3 Jan 2012
              Publisher Harper Perennial
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