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Murray Bail

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


From the "world-class Australian novelist" (The New York Times) comes Camouflage, a deft, angular, and highly entertaining collection of stories. "The Seduction of My Sister" tells of the increasingly bizarre events between siblings when a new family moves in across the street, while "Healing" recalls a vanished time when a boy's headlong, innocent rush into certain disaster could be averted by a simple miracle. A man named Huebler decides to photograph everyone alive, and an unassuming piano-tuner is sent to the center of Australia in 1943 to contribute to the war effort. A captivating, piquant collection from a master of the craft.

CAMOUFLAGE (Chapter One)The Seduction of My Sister
My sister and I were often left alone together. She was younger than me, about eighteen months. I hardly had time to know her, although we were alone together for days on end, weekends included.


Praise for Camouflage

“[The stories] glow with a radioactive's great fun to watch them sparkle and fizz...into glorious full-color weirdness...Marvelous.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Darkly comic...[Bail] resists, by sheer force of invention, the drag of glib moralizing on suburban lifelessness.” —The Washington Post Book World

“[An] entertaining collection...a cross between Orwell and Kafka...reminiscent of Bernard Malamud at his most inspired...Exquisite work from a most unusual master craftsman who's one of his continent's finest writers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An illuminating, dexterously written collection.” —Publishers Weekly

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Murray Bail

Murray Bail has won numerous prizes for his novels—Eucalyptus, Homesickness, and Holden's Performance—including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Eucalyptus. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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Murray Bail

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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