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"Silence is an exquisite, poignant collection of 'fictions' by one of Australia's finest writers. Each piece has its own startling imagery. This is a book that constantly surprises with its echoes of famous voices, and where the astonishing breadth of material - historical, personal, imagined - is held together by its central theme and by a web of subtle connections./br/br Rodney Hall is one of Australia's finest writers. He has won the Miles Franklin Award twice for Just Relations and The Grisly Wife and many of his novels and poems have been published internationally. His acclaimed memoir popeye never told you was published in 2010. He lives in Melbourne."
I can’t remember ever reading a more moving and eclectic collection of short stories. Silence is the recurring theme: so many different types of silence; sad, spiritual, contemplative, angry, frightened, a silence inspired by awe, and more. I particularly loved The Dreaming Bird, a haunting piece about an Australian zebra finch hatched in a laboratory at the University of Chicago. It almost had me in tears. I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but these had me captivated. Highly recommended.