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Published: 2016
No of Pages: 128
RRP: 24.95
Dimensions: 124x190 mm
ISBN Print: 978-1-921556-99-9

Derrida's Breakfast

Shortlisted for the Mascara Avant Garde Literary Awards 2016.

Derrida’s Breakfast – four essays by David Brooks – three on the philosopher Jacques Derrida, whose writings have so influenced our time (one on his breakfast, one on his cat, one on his relationship with a snake, and one (on the killing of doves) on the great early twentieth century poet Rilke – each of them examining key failures and challenges in the relationship of poetry, philosophy and ‘the animal’, and each entertaining, absorbing, and thought-provoking well beyond its given subject. A book that crosses with apparent ease the boundaries of philosophy, literary criticism (there are passages on Coleridge, on D.H. Lawrence, on Henry Lawson) and human-animal relations, by a writer recently described as ‘one of the most skillful, unusual and versatile of Australian writers’ (Sydney Morning Herald, January 2016).

Derrida’s Breakfast was reviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald – click here to read this review.

Click here to read Jonathon Dunk’s review in Mascara Literary Review

Click here to read an interview with David Brooks for Meanjin.


About the Author

David Brooks

David Brooks is a poet, novelist, short fiction writer and essayist. He has taught literature at various Australian universities and is Honorary Associate Professor of Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. A vegan and animal rights advocate, he lives in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, and spends a portion of each year in a village on the coast of Slovenia. He has been called ‘one of the quiet masters of Australian poetry’, and ‘one of Australia’s most skilled, unusual and versatile writers’ (Sydney Morning Herald). Pangea, a major Italian literary website, recently described him as ‘the most...

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