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The Transit of Venus Issue Details: First known date: 1980... 1980
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  • Also published in braille and sound recording formats.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Viking ,
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      Extent: 337p.
      ISBN: 0670724262
    • London,
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      Macmillan ,
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      Extent: 337p.
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      • Publisher's note: A portion of this book originally appeared in The New Yorker.
      ISBN: 0333277511
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1981 .
      Extent: 337p.
      ISBN: 0140058931
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      Penguin ,
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      Extent: 337p.
      Reprinted: 1982 , 1983 twice
      ISBN: 0140057951
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Playboy Press ,
      1981 .
      Extent: 336p.
      ISBN: 087216859x
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Penguin ,
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      Extent: 337p.
      ISBN: 0140107479
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      Virago ,
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      Extent: 337p.
      ISBN: 1860491812
      Series: y Virago Modern Classics Virago (publisher), 1978- Z1498171 1978 series - publisher Number in series: 405
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      Virago ,
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      Extent: 337p.
      ISBN: 1844081443
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      Virago ,
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      Extent: 337p.
      ISBN: 1844081443
Alternative title: Il pasaggio di Venere
Language: Italian

Works about this Work

Across the Face of the Sun Charlotte Wood , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , April 2015;
Returning to the Scene of the Crime : On Re-reading The Transit of Venus Robert Dixon , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Shirley Hazzard : New Critical Essays 2014; (p. 79-93)
Glasses and Speculations : On Hazzard's Transits Gail Jones , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Shirley Hazzard : New Critical Essays 2014; (p. 65-78)
Time's Abyss : Australian Literary Modernism and the Scene of the Ferry Wreck Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 101-114)

'The desire to challenge or escape colonial provincialism in search of a freer, more cosmopolitan modernity finds expression in three works of fiction by women writers that stage the drama of ferry wreck on Sydney Harbour, and that thread - as Wai Chee Dimock would say - local Australian scenes into the deeper time of world literature: Christina Stead's short story 'Day of Wrath' (1934), Eleanor Dark's novel Waterway (1938) and The Transit of Venus (1980) by Shirley Hazzard' [p. 102].

y Shirley Hazzard : Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist Brigitta Olubas , Amherst : Cambria Press , 2012 Z1869117 2012 single work criticism 'This study brings together Hazzard's highly regarded literary fiction and her impassioned, polemical critiques of the United Nations through the rubrics of her humanist thought and her deep commitment to internationalist, cosmopolitan principles. Chapter 1 provides the first critical analysis of Hazzard's public writings, paying particular attention to their rhetorical and poetic structures and their moral appeals. Olubas then works through each of Hazzard's published works of fiction in turn.In chapter 2, she analyses the two collections of short stories through their shared concern with the question of institutions--bureaucracy and marriage--in modern life. Chapter 3 turns to Hazzard's two early novels, both set in Italy, and examines the appeal made in each to Romantic poetry, and to the ways narrative, desire and death play out across the stories of love. Chapters 4 and 5 are devoted to Hazzard's two great novels, The Transit of Venus and The Great Fire, respectively. The Transit of Venus is analysed as a melodrama, with particular focus on its complex narrative manipulation of concealment and revelation, and the ethical drive of its central love story. The final chapter focuses on the interplay of love and war in The Great Fire, and argues that this novel returns Hazzard's readers to her own journey, her departure from Australia at the pivotal points of post-war Asia: colonial Hong Kong and post-nuclear Hiroshima.' Source: http://www.cambriapress.com/ (Sighted 22/06/2012).
Pick of the Week Cameron Woodhead , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 August 2004; (p. 4)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Conventions of Presence Peter Pierce , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 40 no. 1 1981; (p. 106-113)

— Review of Homesickness Murray Bail 1980 single work novel ; Honour, and, Other People's Children : Two Stories Helen Garner 1980 selected work novella ; Honour Helen Garner 1980 single work novella ; Other People's Children Helen Garner 1980 single work novella ; The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel ; Who Shot George Kirkland? : A Novel About the Nature of Truth Frank Hardy 1981 single work novel
Untitled John Beston , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 July 1980; (p. 21)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Chance's Encounters Eugene Chesnick , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Nation , 24 May vol. 230 no. 20 1980; (p. 633-634)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled J. Cotton , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Vogue Australia , October 1980; (p. 112-113)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Shirley Hazzard in Naples John Slavin , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 263 2004; (p. 9-10)
The Transit of Venus : Shirley Hazzard (1931- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 142-246)
Reading Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus II i "There's always", Lucy Dougan , 2006-2008 single work poetry
— Appears in: White Clay 2008; (p. 18-19) "22" 2009; (p. 4)
Visual Art and Bourgeois Forms in Shirley Hazzard's Fiction Brigitta Olubas , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 68 no. 1 2008; (p. 13-23)
Constructing the Metropolitan Homeland : The Literatures of the White Settler Societies of New Zealand and Australia Janet Wilson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Comparing Postcolonial Diasporas 2009; (p. 125-145)

Awards

2007 shortlisted International Awards Prix Femina (France) Roman Etranger (Foreign novel) Shortlisted for the 2007 translation by Claude Demanuelli.
1981 finalist International Awards National Book Awards (USA)
1980 winner International Awards National Book Critics' Circle (USA) Fiction
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