One of Australia’s best-loved writers, Robert Dessaix is a former Russian scholar and presenter of a national book program on ABC radio. After teaching Russian language and literature for many years at Australian National University and the University of New South Wales, he presented the weekly ‘Books and Writing’ program on ABC Radio National. Dessaix is best known for his autobiography A Mother’s Disgrace and novels Night Letters and Corfu. He has also published several essay collections and two travel memoirs, Twilight of Love and Arabesques. His books have been translated into many European languages. An enthusiastic traveller, a translator of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Ivan Turgenev, as well as a frequent visitor to India, Dessaix now lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
His latest memoir is What Days Are For, which is a meditation on life, love, friendship, and religion in the face of death and his most recent work of literary non-fiction is The Pleasures of Leisure.