Night Letters

Author(s): Robert Dessaix

Poetry & Essays

Every night for twenty nights in a hotel room in Venice, a man recently diagnosed with HIV writes a letter home to a friend. he describes not only the kaleidoscopic journey he has just made from Switzerland across northern Italy to Venice, but reflects on questions of mortality, seduction and the search for paradise.


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Winner of the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal

Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 

'An absolutely unique book: intelligent, funny, rich, tender at the right moments, a plum pudding of stories, observations and discoveries.' Alberto Manguel


'Night Letters is exhilarating. The goads, the teasing, the question marks fired up into the atmosphere make any passive reading of it quite impossible.' The Sydney Morning Herald

Robert Dessaix is a writer, broadcaster and translator. After teaching Russian language and literature at the ANU and University of NSW, he presented ABC Radio National's Books and Writing program for ten years. In 1995 he began writing full-time. His best-known books are his autobiography A Mother's Disgrace, the novels Night Letters and Corfu, and the travel memoirs Twilight of Love and Arabesques. He lives in Hobart.

General Fields

  • : 9781925143942
  • : Brio Books
  • : Xoum
  • : 0.12
  • : May 2017
  • : 208mm X 135mm
  • : Australia
  • : July 2017
  • : books

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  • : Robert Dessaix
  • : Paperback
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  • : English
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