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Title:
An Imaginary Life (MP3)
Written by:
David Malouf 
Read by:
Paul English 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
4 hours 24 minutes 
MP3 size:
182 MB 
Published:
April 28 2019 
Available Date:
April 28 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781489494665 
Genres:
Fiction; Classic Fiction; Literary Fiction 
Publisher:
ABC Audio 
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The Roman poet Ovid, exiled to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea, tells the story of his meeting with a feral boy, brought up among wild animals in the snow. It is a luminous encounter between civilisation and nature.

In the first century AD, Publius Ovidius Naso, the most urbane and irreverant poet of imperial Rome, was banished to a remote village on the edge of the Black Sea. From these sparse facts, one of our most distinguished novelists has fashioned an audacious and supremely moving work of fiction. Marooned on the edge of the known world, exiled from his native tongue, Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians who impate their dead and converse with the spirit world. But then he becomes the guardian of a still more savage creature, a feral child who has grown up among deer. What ensues is a luminous encounter between civilisation and nature, as enacted by a poet who once catalogued the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.

'A brilliantly inventive novel ... Malouf puts on a dazzling literary display in this arresting, original, lyrical work.'
The Wall Street Journal

'Elegant and resonant narrative ... an exhilarating use of language.'
The Sunday Telegraph

"A work of unusual intelligence and imagination.'
The New York Times