Shortlist year: 
2011
Shortlist category: 
Fiction
Published by: 
Sleepers Publishing

About the book

Book cover - Glissando a melodrama by David Musgrove, 2011.

When looking back over his life, Archie Fliess has got some understanding to do. So begins his sprawling reflection, from the day the fortunes of two brothers change when they're taken to be the rightful owners of their grandfather's property in country NSW. Archie becomes embroiled in the mystery surrounding his grandfather's life, as their two stories of disappointment and failed ambition unravel.

Glissando travels along many threads with a playful, philosophical voice in a style reminiscent of Sterne's Tristram Shandy and White's Voss. It has a burlesque bravado similar to Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole. It's an Australian classic, a satirical romp of epic proportions.