Robert Dessaix: Corfu

(1095 words)
  • Narelle Shaw (University of Tasmania)

Corfu's unique polyphony results from the juxtaposition of an imaginative biography of the Australian actor and writer Kester Berwick and the fictitious memoirs of an anonymous narrator who, like Berwick, is an actor hailing from the Australian city of Adelaide. On his way home, the narrator unaccountably winds up in Corfu, where he rents the house of Kester Berwick, for whom Corfu has become home. Paradoxically, although the narrator never meets Berwick, he comes to know him intimately. Initially, the pair hold “a disembodied sort of conversation” (8) on the telephone. Finally, identically attired, similar suitcase in hand, they stand facing one another through glass doors at the ferry terminal, passing when the sliding …

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Shaw, Narelle. "Corfu". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 March 2003
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]