A haunting, spiritual story of friendship in the later years of life! Beautifully written!
In Hamburg, an elderly German Professor Max Otto meets an Australian Professor Vita McLelland at the lowest point in his life. Vita and Max become friends and Max promises to visit her in Australia in the future.
When Max does visit Australia Vita coerces him into visiting and staying on the edge of an abandoned township Mount Nebo in Queensland Central Highland ranges with Vita’s indigenous uncle, Dougald Gnapun.
Max and Dougald carry the weight of the ‘sins of their fathers’ upon their shoulders and it isn’t until they meet they come to believe fate has drawn them together for a very special reason.
Alex Miller is one of Australia’s best-loved writers. In 2007 Landscape of Farewell was published to wide critical acclaim and in 2008 won the Chinese Annual Foreign Novels 21st Century Award for Best Novel and the Manning Clark Medal for an outstanding contribution to Australian cultural life. It was also short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the ALS Gold Medal and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Alex is published internationally and widely in translation. Alex Miller won The Miles Franklin Literary Award for “The Ancestor Game” and for “Journey to the Stone Country”. “The Ancestor Game” won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1993. “Conditions of Faith” won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the New South Wales Premier’s Awards as did “Lovesong” in 2011. “Lovesong” won the People’s Choice Award, The Age Book of the Year Award and the Age Fiction Prize for 2011.