News of the Swimmer Reaches Shore

Author(s): Gregory O'Brien

New Zealand Literature | Essays

At once a travel book, an autobiographical novel and free-floating meditation on Europe and the Antipodes, News of the Swimmer Reaches Shore begins with its narrator suspended in the salty, tideless waters of the Mediterranean.

Adrift on an ocean of art history, literature and music, of memories and a dream-like present, OÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂBrien introduces a cast of underwater characters that includes Jacques Cousteau, the French secret service agent Dominique Prieur, Henri Matisse and the naked river-swimming nineteenth-century nun Mother Aubert.

Modernism, the politics of French nuclear testing, swimming, drowning and underwater explosions are twined together with the life of a family in an innovative and engaging exploration by one of New ZealandÃÂÃÂÃÂâÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs most celebrated writers.


Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780864735324
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : Victoria University Press
  • : 0.241
  • : February 2007
  • : 210mm X 148mm X 11mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gregory O'Brien
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 160
  • : Illustrations