Intimate Antipathies
Luke Carman


Paperback | Jun 2019 | Giramondo Publishing | 9781925818123 | 240pp | 197x130mm | GEN | AUD$24.95, NZD$29.99

Intimate Antipathies is the much-anticipated new book by Luke Carman, the award-winning author of the cult classic An Elegant Young Man. The essays in this collection follow the writer in his oscillations through anxiety, outrage and ecstasy, and in the process explore the connections between writing and dreaming, writing and mental illness, writing and the complications of family life.

From his famous jeremiad against arts administrators in ‘Getting Square in a Jerking Circle’, through the psychotic attack brought on by the collapse of his marriage, to his surreal account of meeting with Gerald Murnane at a golf club in the remote Victorian village of Goroke, Carman explores the particular challenges faced by writers who grow up in the contested borderlands of the suburbs — always returning to his great obsession, the home on a small mountain in Sydney’s west, where his antipathies with the real world first began to shape his imagination.

Luke Carman’s story collection An Elegant Young Man won the 2015 NSW Premier’s New Writing Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, the Steele Rudd Short Story Prize and the Readings New Writing Award. He was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist for the book, which is about a narrator, also named Luke, who bears many similarities to the essayist in this collection – an outspoken and self-mocking innocent who is beguiled by romance and yearns for transcendence.

‘Somewhere between swagger and sincerity...street poetry for contemporary Australia.’ — Madeleine Watts, Sydney Morning Herald

'A bogan flaneur: part connoisseur, part anthropologist of the rich and fractious field of difference through which he moves.' — Geordie Williamson, Australian