Glissando: a melodrama
About the book
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.
About the author
David Musgrave is a poet, novelist, publisher and critic. His collection Anatomy of Voice, published in 2016, was awarded the Judith Wright Calanthe Award for Poetry and his collection Phantom Limb was awarded the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 2011. Individual poems have won or been shortlisted for most of the poetry prizes in Australia. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle.