Going Bush

Kirsty Gunn

Going Bush

Kirsty Gunn

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40 pages | 7 color plates | 6 x 9 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781909631175 Published October 2016 World sales rights except India
Kirsty Gunn is known for the powerful use of landscape in her fiction. In Going Bush, landscape again comes to the forefront as she revisits the vistas of her childhood in New Zealand, evoking an ethereal and meditative autobiography of place.
            Revisiting with words the landscapes she once explored by sight, sound, and touch, Gunn uncovers what is wild about these places, in particular the bush. Interweaving essay, memoir, and narrative, she recalls the ways in which the landscape’s very foreignness could also have provided refuge to a child—an escape from the suffocating cultural norms of colonial society. Gunn’s words are accompanied by a series of images made specially for the cahier by her sister, Merran Gunn, which extend the exploration of words’ capabilities—and their limitations—in attempting to address the particularities of place.
 
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Going Bush
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“Gunn’s exploration of the bush and its various meanings brings this experience of New Zealand alive for us in this cahier; many view this dark, tangled place as inhospitable but its wilderness protects her during a vulnerable moment in her early years.  The blending of different genres—memoir, narrative, diary and even poetry— are each a fitting way to present different and multilayered perspectives of the bush.”
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