David Malouf has often acknowledged his preoccupations with issues of national identity and with what it means to be “Australian” – or, indeed, to be of any nationality – in a postcolonial world. However, although the construction of myths of nationhood resonates frequently throughout his work in a range of literary disciplines, to describe Malouf as merely a “postcolonial” writer would be to ignore the increasingly broad thematic scope he has displayed throughout his career.
David George Joseph Malouf was born in 1934 in Brisbane, Australia – the city which forms the physical and cultural backdrop to much of his writing. His father was Lebanese Christian and his mother English Jewish, and this multiculturalism, …
Dunlop, Nicholas. "David Malouf". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 February 2008
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