Grimmish, Paperback / softback Book

Grimmish Paperback / softback

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2022 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARDPain was Joe Grim's self-expression, his livelihood and reason for being. A superstar boxer who rarely won a fight, Grim distinguished himself for his extraordinary ability to withstand physical punishment. In this wild and expansive novel, Michael Winkler moves between the present day and Grim's 1908-09 tour of Australia, bending genres and histories into a kaleidoscopic investigation of pain, masculinity, and narrative. Pain is often said to defy the limits of language. And yet Grimmish suggests that pain - physical and mental - is also the most familiar and universal human condition; and, perhaps, the secret source of our impulse to tell stories. "A powerful blast of literary ingenuity and originality." - Lloyd Jones, author of Mister Pip"Grimmish meets a need I didn't even know I had.

I lurched between bursts of wild laughter, shudders of horror, and gasps of awe at Winkler's verbal command: the freshness and muscle of his verbs, the unstoppable flow of his images, the bizarre wit of the language of pugilism-and all the while, a moving subterranean glint of strange masculine tenderness." - Helen Garner "All the makings of a cult classic.

It's grotesque and gorgeous, smart and searching." - Beejay Silcox, The Guardian


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