<a href="https:\/\/www.goodreads.com\/book\/show\/160803.Rooms_for_Rent_in_the_Outer_Planets">Million Windows\u00a0 book<\/a> by Gerald Murnane is coming out of the late charge that started with \u201cBarley Patch\u201d in 2009. It takes its title and epigraph from Henry James\u2019 preface to The Portrait of a Lady, where James speaks of \u2018the posted presence of the watcher\u2019 at each of the house of fiction\u2019s<a href="https:\/\/see.news\/5-fascinating-books-that-beg-you-to-skim-through-this-week-6\/"> million windows.<\/a>\r\n\r\nMurnane\u2019s novel materially appropriates James\u2019s concept the narrator resides with many other authors in one wing of an enormous mansion that he refers to as the \u2018House of Fiction\u2019, where they write, share stories, reflect on the practice of writing and take part in elaborate rituals based on James\u2019s own fiction.\r\n\r\nWhat the author glimpses through the windows of the house of fiction comprises the novel\u2019s subject, while the shape of the window itself the pierced aperture, either broad or balconied or slit-like and low-browed is i literary form.\r\n<p style="text-align: center"><img class="size-full wp-image-50118 aligncenter lazyloaded" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/05\/a-million-windows1-215x300.jpg" alt="" \/><strong>Million Windows book by Gerald Murnane<\/strong><\/p>\r\nThe\u00a0 novel\u00a0 is cobbled together from various references and quotations, but its allusions always move in at least two directions at once. They send the reader outside the text to works by other authors, while also recalling Murnane\u2019s own body of work.\r\n\r\nA Million Windows opening section for example, goes on to describe the author behind the holland blind writing down a remembered version of a quotation written by a male person from an earlier century\u2019 whose name he can not recall which reads. All our troubles arise from our being unwilling to keep to our room.\r\n\r\nIn both texts, \u201cMurnane\u201d argues for a concept of authorship that is deeply indebted to the literary critic and rhetorician\u201d Wayne C\u201d. Booth, who argued that the actual human who produces literary works is \u2018immeasurably complex and largely unknown, even to those who are most intimate.