DAVID MALOUF AN IMAGINARY LIFE PDF

In the first century A. From these sparse facts, one of out most distinguished novelists has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving work of fiction. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impate their dead and converse with the spirit world. But then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer.

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In the first century A. From these sparse facts, one of out most distinguished novelists has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving work of fiction. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impate their dead and converse with the spirit world.

But then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer. What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it. David Malouf. He was born in and was brought up in Brisbane. Our Lists. Buy from…. View all online retailers Find local retailers. Read more. Also by David Malouf. Related titles.

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An Imaginary Life

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When Ovid was banished, he was the most civilized man in a Rome that was dying of civilization. He had so articulated its excesses, its indulgences, had found such a perfect form for them, that they seemed to be natural. He was the worst kind of subversive: one who tells us, in irresistible poetry, that it is all right to do as we please. Augustus banished Ovid because he was not august.

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An Imaginary Life is a novella written by David Malouf. It tells the story of the Roman poet Ovid , during his exile in Tomis. While there, Ovid lives with the natives, although he doesn't understand their language, and forms a bond with a wild boy who is found living wild in nature. The relationship between Ovid and the boy, at first one of protector and protected, becomes an alliance between two people in a foreign land. Ovid comes to Tomis enculturated with a Roman world view and through his attempts at teaching the boy language is able to free himself from the constrictions of Latin and the encompassing perception of reality that is his only barrier against transcendence.

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