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Paul Dalla Rosa: An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life


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Celebrate the release of An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life with author Paul Dalla Rosa and host Abigail Ulman in this edition of Melbourne City Reads.


An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life is the highly anticipated debut short story collection from Melbourne writer Paul Dalla Rosa. A razor-sharp collection for our disaffected times, these stories explore the beautiful and ugly, dark and funny, tender and vicious contradictions of life in late-stage capitalism.

An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life has been chosen as the first book for Melbourne City Reads in 2022, an initiative supported by inner-city bookshops. Dalla Rosa will join host Abigail Ulman to discuss An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life and its depiction of precarity and the absurdities of our increasing alienation.

Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival.

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As part of the Melbourne City Reads initiative, you can purchase a copy of Paul Dalla Rosa’s An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life for the special price of $22.99 (RRP $29.99) from particating Melbourne bookstotes: Dymocks Melbourne, Hill of Content, Mary Martin Bookshop, Paperback Bookshop and Readings.

Melbourne City Reads

Celebrate local literary culture and the authors who shape it. Rediscover the world through writers’ eyes at monthly events, featuring authors discussing their new books.


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Portrait of Paul Dalla Rosa
Paul Dalla Rosa

Paul Dalla Rosa is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. His stories have appeared in Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Meanjin and New York Tyrant. In 2019, his story ‘Comme’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award. He is currently undertaking his PhD at... Read more

Abigail Ulman

Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction from Stanford University, and a winner of the Best Young Australian Novelist Award. Her debut short story collection Hot Little Hands has been published in Australia and abroad. ... Read more


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