- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
Inexperience and other stories
Can a relationship survive a long-anticipated but disappointing world trip? Will a small-shopkeeper cope when pitted against an emerging megamall? How do we keep our sanity in the face of life’s obstacles – and when we don’t, what will pull it back again?
Take a trip through the world’s greatest cities and into the mind’s darkest places. Anthony Macris’s new fiction – a novella and accompanying story cycle – deftly examines our fragile relationships with travel, art, money and, especially, each other.
Inexperience includes award-winning work previously featured in publications such as Penguin’s Australian Writing Now and Picador New Writing. The collection refreshes and unites Macris’s early work with new writing from the perspective of the more mature and contemplative writer. In it, Macris’s innovative story-telling and subtle ironies show how the experiences that make or break us can also be the ones that tell us who we are.
Praise for Inexperience:
So far, no doubt constrained by how the market would have us judge the value of fiction, the fact that Anthony Macris is one of the most important novelists currently writing in Australia has not been fully recognized. It is something we need to try and understand.ANTHONY UHLMANN, SYDNEY REVIEW OF BOOKS
Macris’ insights on those sad, isolated moments of intimacy, the fraught dialogue of avoidance and the horrors of viewing the subtle mastery of El Greco in less than ideal conditions are to be savoured.WILLIAM YEOMAN, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN
A sophisticated and compassionate analysis of masculinity in a modern, consumer, capitalist worldHELEN GILDFIND, TEXT JOURNAL