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A dying earth and a lament for lost fathers: Sheila Heti strips back the novel and makes it new

By Jane Gleeson-White, Adjunct Lecturer, UNSW Canberra, UNSW Sydney
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Sheila Heti’s slender, folkloric novel Pure Colour contains multitudes. It’s a love story, a lament. And it’s a philosophical enquiry into rupture: radical alteration caused by the death of a father, and a dying iteration of life on earth.

She had thought that when someone died, it would be like they went into a different room. She had not known that life itself transformed itself into a different room, and trapped you in it without them.


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