Ebook now available from Amazon Kindle, Google books and Apple iBooks.
This ebook brings together two of Lurie’s novels, the comic Rappaport, which focuses on a day in the life of a young Melbourne antique dealer and his immature friend, Friedlander, and Rappaport’s Revenge where the characters, transplanted to London, are further chronicled. These are followed by several short stories: “Rappaport Lays an Egg”, “The Death of Rappaport”, “Dirty Friends”, “Rappaport Dragged Over the Coals,” “Rappaport Takes Lunch”, and “Rappaport and Friedlander Meet in Heaven”.
Lurie has been compared with acclaimed American Jewish writers such as Philip Roth, Saul Bellow and Woody Allen. Morris Lurie died on 8 October 2014. His unique voice will be sorely missed.
Born in Melbourne, Morris Lurie (1938–2014) was one of Australia’s most prolific writers, centring himself firmly in the fabulist tradition, or, more colloquially, as a spinner of yarns. The son of Jewish immigrant parents, Lurie, like Judah Waten before him, explored the conflict between the New World and the Old in compassionate, yet humorous, terms, finding a voice for hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the postwar migration.
His vast body of work includes novels, short stories, non-fiction collections and children’s books, among them his first comic novel Rappaport, his autobiography Whole Life and a book voted by Australian schoolchildren as their favourite, The Twenty-Seventh Annual African Hippopotamus Race.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the steady and voluminous flow of his work, Lurie was always a professional craftsman. His style is colloquial and confessional, brimming with witty aphorisms and incisive dialogue. His humour teeters on the brink of the absurd, often the anarchistic, and his later works showed a considerable freedom of imagination. Lurie is best known for his short stories. He was published in many prestigious magazines including The New Yorker, The Virginia Quarterly, Punch, The Times, The Telegraph Magazine, Transatlantic Review, Island, Meanjin, Overland, Quadrant and Westerly.
Morris Lurie was the recipient of the Patrick White Award in 2006.