An imaginary life is in part about an individual journey from a state of being cut off and apart from the environment of wishing to tame and exploit nature of being totally entangled in language and culture to a state of being in intimate contact with the untrained wild things of the world. An imaginary life is an apt title maloufs prose has a life flowing through it cold winters autumnal wilds burial rituals and shaman magic combine to create an eerie and uncomfortable atmosphere that surrounds ovids exile in tomis. For reasons which even ovid seems not to know clearly the poet at the height of his career is exiled from rome to a small village in the wilds near the black sea although he is able to . An imaginary life is exceptionally well written rich in poetry and evocative detail it is a work reminiscent of the writings of a mountain hermit or nature mystic but thats not why i . An imaginary life is david maloufs novelistic reconstruction of ovids years of exile about which almost nothing is known mr malouf is an australian poet a man whose country embraces like ovids both cosmopolites and aborigines
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