The Memoirs of Many in One: By Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray

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In this bizarre and witty novel, White becomes the "editor" of the life story of Alex Xenophon Demirjian Gray, an old friend who wrote of her many experiences just before her death. As White sifts through the stories, he is reminded of his own approaching death.

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Patrick White, who was born in 1912, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. In making the award, the Royal Swedish Academy cited his writings as "an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature." Mr. White is the author of fourteen books, including - the memoir Flaws in the Glass and the novel The Twyborn Affair.

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This latest novel by the Australian Nobel Prize winner (1973) takes an unusual look at the creative process, comparing it to the workings of the benignly insane mind. White assumes the role of editor of the fictitious memoirs of Alex Gray, a slightly mad old woman who, in her own words, is trying to "discoverby writing outacting out my lifethe reason for my presence on earth." As with the novelist, her acting takes place mainly in her own mind, as she creates for herself a variety of roles from Greek Orthodox nun to Shakespearean actress. Thus the title's "many in one." Only when the fragments are pieced together does the truth begin to emerge. A profound, if somewhat pessimistic, work, it belongs in all collections of serious literature.David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
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