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Issue Details: First known date: 1981 1981
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'For thirty-nine years Harry Joy has been the quintessential good guy. But one morning Harry has a heart attack on his suburban front lawn, and, for the space of nine minutes, he becomes a dead guy. And although he is resuscitated, he will never be the same. For, as Peter Carey makes abundantly clear in this darkly funny novel, death is sometimes a necessary prelude to real life.' (From the author's website.)

Adaptations

form y Bliss Peter Carey , Ray Lawrence , Australia : Window III Productions , 1985 Z1360296 1985 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units)

When Harry, an executive, suffers a heart attack, he experiences a brief moment of brain death, only to awaken with a far darker vision of the seemingly idyllic world that he's left behind. In quick succession, he learns that his wife is cheating on him, his son has become a drug dealer, and his daughter is a junkie. Even his perfect career has become a nightmare, as he discovers that his latest client is, in fact, a heartless, deadly polluter. Enraged, Harry is determined to live a morally righteous life, a notion that proves anathema to everyone around him.

Notes

  • Other formats: Adapted for the 1985 audio cassette Bliss published by Royal Blind Society of New South Wales. Narrated by Michael Ross

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      ISBN: 9780571162727
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins , 1992 .
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Works about this Work

Untitled Ken Gelder , single work review
— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Taking Suburbia Seriously Nathanael O'Reilly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exploring Suburbia: The Suburbs in the Contemporary Australian Novel 2012; (p. 249-301)
A Joy to Behold Steve Dow , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 14 March 2010; (p. 8-9)
Strategies of an Illywhacker (I) : Replacing the Truth-Paradigm with a "Weaseling Kind of "Truth"' Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 45-57)
'In Peter Carey's novels,...postmodern resistances against essentialism culminate in the figure of the confidence trickster. Such deceitful narrator figures are ideally suited for the task of unmaking history and for testing the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and illusion, history and story. The role of lies and the creative potential of unreliable narration has intrigued Carey from the late 1970s on, when he first came across a quote from Mark Twain's travelogue More Tramps Abroad (1897.)...'(p. 45)
Strategies of an Illywhacker (III) : Telling History as Story Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 83-104)
‘Original storytelling is one of the marker traits of Peter Carey’s fictions: it is this characteristic that explains why there is no such thing as a typical Carey novel, only certain features and concerns which recur throughout his fictions.’ (p 84)
American Dreams and the University of Queensland Press Deborah Jordan , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 323-338)

'The University of Queensland Press was transformed from a merely scholarly into a creative independent Australian publisher partly through the agency of the American publisher Frank Thompson. In the explosive days of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and with Australians' complex fascination with United States, Thompson embodied the democratic challenge to the old British dominated regime on campus and in publishing circles. This paper will explore pivotal books published by UQP notably Thomas Shapcott's Contemporary American and Australian Poetry in 1976; UQP's development of the American market with the distribution of UQP literary fiction and the establishment of an American office; and co-publishing with American publishers and editing Australian books for American readers in a different hemisphere. Thompson's own assessment of his successes and failures will be contextualised in terms of political developments and those issues long associated with Australian literature - environmental representation and expatriatism.' (Author's abstract)

When the Last Leaf Falls Glen Phillips , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Change - Conflict and Convergence : Austral-Asian Scenarios 2010; (p. 151-165)
In this paper Glen Phillips shows 'how 221 years ago the British and European desire to create a new nation in Australia was partly motivated by a wish to escape the pollution and overcrowding of their nations' cities.' (p152)
Reserviors of Desire Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 11-37)
Shaped by an Indelible Past Deborah Bogle , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 March 2008; (p. 4)
On My Bedside Table Peteris Ciemitis , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 June 2008; (p. 28)

— Review of Axiomatic Greg Egan 1995 selected work short story ; Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Utopia in Peter Carey's 'Bliss' Don Fletcher , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , First Quarter vol. 26 no. 1 2007; (p. 39-42)
y Peter Carey et la quete postcoloniale d'une identite australianne Sue Ryan-Fazilleau , Paris : L'Harmattan , 2007 Z1498656 2007 single work criticism 'Peter Carey est l'un des plus grands auteurs australiens contemporains. La plupart de ses romans explorent la notion d'identité australienne. Cet ouvrage suit l'évolution de cette quête identitaire chez Carey à travers l'étude de ses romans postcoloniaux : Le Chemin du paradis, Illywhacker, Oscar et Lucinda, La Vie singulière de Tristan Smith et Jack Maggs. Cette approche coloniale prend fin au début des années 2000, même si la question de l'identité nationale continue à le préoccuper jusqu'en 2003' (publisher website).
Going Bush: Performing the Pastoral in Peter Carey's Bliss John Eustace , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 20 no. 2 2006; (p. 108-116)
Esutace argues that 'in calling attention to the way the pastoral is performed as a legitimizing ritual by the narrators of Bliss, Peter Carey invites readers to consider how its continued iteration in contempoary Australian discourse is essential to negotiations of national identity and contemporary Australian subjectivities. He invites readers to see beyond the narrative romanticizations of the bush to consider the psychological and ideological impulses behind Australian performances of the bush. And he highlights how the process of going bush - and narrating the journey - ... carry fairly significant territorial implications.'
Peter Carey's Novels : Critique or Ironic Celebration of Consumer Society Shahram R. Sistani , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 18 no. 2 2006; (p. 169-182)
'This paper investigates the ways in which Peter Carey manifests the corrupt attractiveness of contemporary consumer societies. ... His novels are satires on the comprehensive dreams and visions of twentieth-century corporate capitalism. In Carey's writing we deal with the notion of cultural imperialism. ... Carey's fiction can be considered a critique and at the same time an ironic celebration of consumer hysteria.' (169-170)
Transgressing the Genre Coherence in Bliss, Illywhacker, and Oscar and Lucinda Shahram R. Sistani , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 18 no. 2 2006; (p. 183-196)
'This paper investigates Carey's art of narration and the ways in which he juggles the roles of savage satirist, fantastic surrealist and great entertainer in a uniquely impressive manner ...' (183-184).
Cross References : Allusions to Christian Tradition in Peter Carey's Fiction Christer Larsson , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 53-70)
As allusions to Christian tradition are a recurrent and prominent feature in Carey's work, the author of this article discusses them with regard to their function as thematic feature and as narrational devices or formal feature. Larsson's careful reading shows that several of Carey's novels are 'more firmly rooted in the Christian tradition than the author's self-conception as "an atheist" and the postcolonial condemnation of totalizing, essentialist narratives would lead one to believe' (Introduction to Fabulating Beauty xxx).
The Difficulties of Translating Peter Carey's Postmodern Fiction into Popular Film Theodore F. Sheckels , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 83-100)
Argues that 'the film adaptations of Carey's fiction seem to pull the work away from the postmodern aesthetic and, as a consequence, away from what Carey was positing through its use. The films offer something more modern or realistic, thereby confusing or altering Carey's themes' (81).
Bliss and Damnation Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 137-147)
'Jose, as fellow novelist, considers Carey's position in the world of Australian letters, recalling the cultural atmosphere of the early 1980s, when Bliss was first published. From Jose's critical appraisal Carey emerges not only as a "literary Houdini" but also as a writer whose fiction "broke new ground" at the time, signifying a "break from the shackling domination of literary London"' (Introduction to Fabulating Beauty xxxi).
'Lies and Silences' : Cultural Masterplots and Existential Authenticity in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang Carolyn Bliss , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 275-300)
The critical intention of this article is to examine 'storytelling and/or the inhabiting of cultural masterplots as sites at which characters (and finally, inevitably, the author himself) are faced with the challenge of seeking or escaping authentic selfhood or existential good faith, in the Sartrean sense' (276).
The Adman Who Wanted to Compile a Cultural Heritage : Peter Carey's Bliss Sue Ryan-Fazilleau , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 27 no. 1 2004; (p. 77-88)
Author's abstract: 'Bliss, Peter Carey's first published novel, is the manifesto of a postcolonial writer who believes it necessary to constitute a new cultural heritage both to cure the postcolonial society of its cultural inferiority complex and to protect the new community against neo-imperialism. It is also Carey's ars poetica, which sets out how he will go about constructing an Australian literary heritage in his coming novels' (p.77).
Peter Carey's First Novel Mark Roberts , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: Going Down Swinging , Spring no. 5 1982; (p. 69-72)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Bliss and Punishment Ken Gelder , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , July no. 1 1983; (p. 46-48)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
On My Bedside Table Peteris Ciemitis , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 June 2008; (p. 28)

— Review of Axiomatic Greg Egan 1995 selected work short story ; Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Finding Their Range : Some Recent Australian Novels Peter Pierce , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 40 no. 4 1981; (p. 522-525)

— Review of Turtle Beach Blanche d'Alpuget 1981 single work novel ; Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel ; Man of Letters : A Romance Glen Tomasetti 1981 single work novel ; City of Women : A Novel David Ireland 1981 single work novel ; Moonlite David Foster 1981 single work novel ; Monkeys in the Dark Blanche d'Alpuget 1980 single work novel
Recent Fiction Susan McKernan , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , July no. 88 1982; (p. 56-59)

— Review of Man of Letters : A Romance Glen Tomasetti 1981 single work novel ; Whoring Around John Bryson 1981 selected work short story ; Out of the Corner of One Eye : a novel Fia Moppert 1981 single work novel ; Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel ; Dirty Friends : Stories Morris Lurie 1981 selected work short story
Carey Leaps Crannies in a Single Bound Jill Neville , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 October 1981; (p. 44)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Harry, Hell and Blissful Barbara Katharine England , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 October 1981; (p. 25)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Hell Without Logic Loses Credibility John Tranter , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 3 October 1981; (p. 27)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Marvellous Moment in Hell Margaret Smith , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 7-8 November 1981; (p. 12)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Moral Fable of a Good Bloke Philip Neilsen , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Image , vol. 5 no. 1 1981; (p. 21-22)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Salvation on Bog Onion Road Rory Barnes , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 11-17 October 1981; (p. 42)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Short Story Writer Makes It as Novelist Elizabeth Riddell , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 6 October vol. 101 no. 5283 1981; (p. 68)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Untitled J. Cooke , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 20 November 1981; (p. 22)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Untitled Ken Gelder , single work review
— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Untitled Frank Hermode , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , no. 3 1981; (p. 17)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Untitled Frank Kermode , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: London Magazine , vol. 3 no. 22-23 1981;

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Untitled Francis King , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Spectator , 12 December 1981; (p. 21)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Untitled John Ryle , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 20 November 1981; (p. 1350)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Archetypal Characters and Black Humour Marion Halligan , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 January 1982; (p. 16)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
Romantic Pursuits Graham Burns , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 41 1982; (p. 27-29)

— Review of Bliss Peter Carey 1981 single work novel
The Art of Storytelling in Peter Carey's Bliss Antonella Riem Natale , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Il Bianco e il Nero , vol. 1 no. 1994; (p. 127-144)
The Adman Who Wanted to Compile a Cultural Heritage : Peter Carey's Bliss Sue Ryan-Fazilleau , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 27 no. 1 2004; (p. 77-88)
Author's abstract: 'Bliss, Peter Carey's first published novel, is the manifesto of a postcolonial writer who believes it necessary to constitute a new cultural heritage both to cure the postcolonial society of its cultural inferiority complex and to protect the new community against neo-imperialism. It is also Carey's ars poetica, which sets out how he will go about constructing an Australian literary heritage in his coming novels' (p.77).
Cross References : Allusions to Christian Tradition in Peter Carey's Fiction Christer Larsson , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 53-70)
As allusions to Christian tradition are a recurrent and prominent feature in Carey's work, the author of this article discusses them with regard to their function as thematic feature and as narrational devices or formal feature. Larsson's careful reading shows that several of Carey's novels are 'more firmly rooted in the Christian tradition than the author's self-conception as "an atheist" and the postcolonial condemnation of totalizing, essentialist narratives would lead one to believe' (Introduction to Fabulating Beauty xxx).
The Difficulties of Translating Peter Carey's Postmodern Fiction into Popular Film Theodore F. Sheckels , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 83-100)
Argues that 'the film adaptations of Carey's fiction seem to pull the work away from the postmodern aesthetic and, as a consequence, away from what Carey was positing through its use. The films offer something more modern or realistic, thereby confusing or altering Carey's themes' (81).
Bliss and Damnation Nicholas Jose , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 137-147)
'Jose, as fellow novelist, considers Carey's position in the world of Australian letters, recalling the cultural atmosphere of the early 1980s, when Bliss was first published. From Jose's critical appraisal Carey emerges not only as a "literary Houdini" but also as a writer whose fiction "broke new ground" at the time, signifying a "break from the shackling domination of literary London"' (Introduction to Fabulating Beauty xxxi).
'Lies and Silences' : Cultural Masterplots and Existential Authenticity in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang Carolyn Bliss , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Fabulating Beauty : Perspectives on the Fiction of Peter Carey 2005; (p. 275-300)
The critical intention of this article is to examine 'storytelling and/or the inhabiting of cultural masterplots as sites at which characters (and finally, inevitably, the author himself) are faced with the challenge of seeking or escaping authentic selfhood or existential good faith, in the Sartrean sense' (276).
Going Bush: Performing the Pastoral in Peter Carey's Bliss John Eustace , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 20 no. 2 2006; (p. 108-116)
Esutace argues that 'in calling attention to the way the pastoral is performed as a legitimizing ritual by the narrators of Bliss, Peter Carey invites readers to consider how its continued iteration in contempoary Australian discourse is essential to negotiations of national identity and contemporary Australian subjectivities. He invites readers to see beyond the narrative romanticizations of the bush to consider the psychological and ideological impulses behind Australian performances of the bush. And he highlights how the process of going bush - and narrating the journey - ... carry fairly significant territorial implications.'
Utopia in Peter Carey's 'Bliss' Don Fletcher , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , First Quarter vol. 26 no. 1 2007; (p. 39-42)
Shaped by an Indelible Past Deborah Bogle , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 March 2008; (p. 4)
y Peter Carey et la quete postcoloniale d'une identite australianne Sue Ryan-Fazilleau , Paris : L'Harmattan , 2007 Z1498656 2007 single work criticism 'Peter Carey est l'un des plus grands auteurs australiens contemporains. La plupart de ses romans explorent la notion d'identité australienne. Cet ouvrage suit l'évolution de cette quête identitaire chez Carey à travers l'étude de ses romans postcoloniaux : Le Chemin du paradis, Illywhacker, Oscar et Lucinda, La Vie singulière de Tristan Smith et Jack Maggs. Cette approche coloniale prend fin au début des années 2000, même si la question de l'identité nationale continue à le préoccuper jusqu'en 2003' (publisher website).
Telling Lies and Stories : Peter Carey's Bliss Anthony J. Hassall , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Fiction Studies , vol. 35 no. 4 1989; (p. 637-655)
An Interview With Peter Carey Jeffrey James (interviewer), 1985 single work interview
— Appears in: Brave New Word , no. 6 1985; (p. 4-12)
Peter Carey's Novels : Critique or Ironic Celebration of Consumer Society Shahram R. Sistani , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 18 no. 2 2006; (p. 169-182)
'This paper investigates the ways in which Peter Carey manifests the corrupt attractiveness of contemporary consumer societies. ... His novels are satires on the comprehensive dreams and visions of twentieth-century corporate capitalism. In Carey's writing we deal with the notion of cultural imperialism. ... Carey's fiction can be considered a critique and at the same time an ironic celebration of consumer hysteria.' (169-170)
Transgressing the Genre Coherence in Bliss, Illywhacker, and Oscar and Lucinda Shahram R. Sistani , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Commonwealth Review , vol. 18 no. 2 2006; (p. 183-196)
'This paper investigates Carey's art of narration and the ways in which he juggles the roles of savage satirist, fantastic surrealist and great entertainer in a uniquely impressive manner ...' (183-184).
Reserviors of Desire Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 11-37)
A Joy to Behold Steve Dow , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 14 March 2010; (p. 8-9)
Strategies of an Illywhacker (I) : Replacing the Truth-Paradigm with a "Weaseling Kind of "Truth"' Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 45-57)
'In Peter Carey's novels,...postmodern resistances against essentialism culminate in the figure of the confidence trickster. Such deceitful narrator figures are ideally suited for the task of unmaking history and for testing the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and illusion, history and story. The role of lies and the creative potential of unreliable narration has intrigued Carey from the late 1970s on, when he first came across a quote from Mark Twain's travelogue More Tramps Abroad (1897.)...'(p. 45)
Strategies of an Illywhacker (III) : Telling History as Story Andreas Gaile , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Rewriting History : Peter Carey's Fictional Biography of Australia 2010; (p. 83-104)
‘Original storytelling is one of the marker traits of Peter Carey’s fictions: it is this characteristic that explains why there is no such thing as a typical Carey novel, only certain features and concerns which recur throughout his fictions.’ (p 84)
American Dreams and the University of Queensland Press Deborah Jordan , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 323-338)

'The University of Queensland Press was transformed from a merely scholarly into a creative independent Australian publisher partly through the agency of the American publisher Frank Thompson. In the explosive days of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and with Australians' complex fascination with United States, Thompson embodied the democratic challenge to the old British dominated regime on campus and in publishing circles. This paper will explore pivotal books published by UQP notably Thomas Shapcott's Contemporary American and Australian Poetry in 1976; UQP's development of the American market with the distribution of UQP literary fiction and the establishment of an American office; and co-publishing with American publishers and editing Australian books for American readers in a different hemisphere. Thompson's own assessment of his successes and failures will be contextualised in terms of political developments and those issues long associated with Australian literature - environmental representation and expatriatism.' (Author's abstract)

When the Last Leaf Falls Glen Phillips , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Change - Conflict and Convergence : Austral-Asian Scenarios 2010; (p. 151-165)
In this paper Glen Phillips shows 'how 221 years ago the British and European desire to create a new nation in Australia was partly motivated by a wish to escape the pollution and overcrowding of their nations' cities.' (p152)
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