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Transformations, miracles and slippages are at the heart of David Malouf's rich and poetic fiction. Malouf is the great chronicler of Australia's lost, Aboriginal part of itself

By Stella Tillyard   April 2007

Every Move You Make by David Malouf (Chatto & Windus, £14.99)

An angel of death hovers over David Malouf’s new collection of short stories, Every Move You Make. Perhaps it is inevitable: Malouf has just turned 73, and the horizon where the known world joins the unknown is getting closer. “Death is the big event,” he said in a recent interview. “You’d be pretty foolish to ignore it.” In these beautiful stories, death sometimes arrives abruptly in suburban lives and draws the living towards it. But sometimes it seems not so…

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