Robert Dessaix is one of Australia’s best-loved writers. His works include the autobiographical, A Mother’s Disgrace, the novels Night Letters and Corfu, several essay collections, and two travel memoirs, Twilight of Love, which is set in Russia, and Arabesques, his memoir of following in the footsteps of André Gide. His books have been translated into several European languages. Robert’s latest memoir, What Days Are For, is a meditation on life, love, friendship and religion in the face of death. His most recent work of literary non-fiction is The Pleasures of Leisure.
A former Russian scholar, Robert is a translator of Dostoyevsky and Turgenev, and is the former presenter of a national book program on ABC radio. He has been an enthusiastic traveller all his life, and is a frequent visitor to India. Robert now lives in Hobart, Tasmania.