Cannibalising the Artist: The Monster in Patrick White’s The Vivisector

In response to his biography, Australian novelist Patrick White said, ‘I think this book should be called The Monster of All Time. But I am a monster…’ He was notoriously unreserved in his exploration of humanity’s inner demons, most notably in his epic and uncompromising novel, The Vivisector. Chronicling the life of egotistic painter, Hurtle Duffield, it explores the link between artist and God, artist and reality, artist and subject, and won the Nobel Prize in 1973. Forty years on, Matt Young looks into the life of this iconic writer and examines his award winning work, The Vivisector.

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