y The Transit of Venus single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1980 1980
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      Viking , 1980 .
      Extent: 337p.
      ISBN: 0670724262
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      Macmillan , 1980 .
      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 , 1981 .
      Extent: 337p.
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      ISBN: 0140057951
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      Playboy Press , 1981 .
      Extent: 336p.
      ISBN: 087216859x
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Penguin , 1990 .
      Extent: 337p.
      ISBN: 0140107479
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      Virago , 1995 .
      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 , 2004 .
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      ISBN: 1844081443
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      Virago , 2004 .
      Extent: 337p.
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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;
Glasses and Speculations : On Hazzard's Transits Gail Jones , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Shirley Hazzard : New Critical Essays 2014; (p. 65-78)
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)
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).
Her Confident Tones Still Resound Stephen Saunders , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 30 January 2011; (p. 26)
Shirley Hazzard’s Australia : Belated Reading and Cultural Mobility Brigitta Olubas , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2010;
This essay examines Shirley Hazzard’s representation of and reception in Australia by returning to her 1984 Boyer Lectures, arguing that from the perspective of twenty-five years hindsight, they provide a useful contribution to recent conversations about the critical location of Australian literary culture in international contexts, including in particular, the cosmopolitan. In attending to the operations of time and space in Hazzard’s account of her contemporary world, this ‘delayed’ reading of the lectures provides for a more complex understanding of her significance in the contemporary field of Australian literary studies, arguing that in its striking presentation of Cold War locations and events, Hazzard’s work stages a decided move away from the specifically colonial frames that organise Australian cosmopolitanism, and that in this, her work generates a distinctive form of cosmopolitan cultural mobility, and as a consequence a distinctive perspective on Australia. (Author's abstract)
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)
The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth : Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus Sven Birkets , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Southern Review , Autumn vol. 45 no. 4 2009; (p. 720-736)
'Birkerts examines Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus, a novel. He considers Hazzard's novel as one of the great works of recent times. He found it structurally intricate, emotionally resonant and wiser. Hazzard enriches the texture of the novel with its episodes and probes the nature of romantic love.' (Editor's abstract)
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)
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)
Shirley Hazzard in Naples John Slavin , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 263 2004; (p. 9-10)
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
Reading 'The Transit of Venus' Again i "A tiny ant on my arm", Lucy Dougan , 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Memory Shell 1998; (p. 30)
Truth Has a Life of Its Own : Shirley Hazzard's "The Transit of Venus" Anna Rutherford , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Contact and the Culmination : Essays in Honour of Hena Maes-Jelinek 1997; (p. 183-199)
Mars Versus Venus : The Dialectics of Power in Shirley Hazzard's 'The Transit of Venus' Anna Rutherford , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , [Double Issue] vol. 18 no. 2-3 1996; (p. 309-327)
Beyond Humanism? The Black Drop of Shirley Hazzard's "The Transit of Venus" Russell McDougall , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 30 no. 2 1995; (p. 119-133)
Hazzard Ahead Susan Wyndham , 1993 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 17-18 July 1993; (p. 26-32)
Rewriting the Past: Exploration and Discovery in "The Transit of Venus" Brigitta Olubas , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 3 1992; (p. 155-164)
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
Untitled Rosemary Creswell , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 23 1980; (p. 7)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled V. Cunningham , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 4 April 1980; (p. 382)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled Blanche d'Alpuget , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Financial Review , 4 July 1980; (p. 37)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled G. Godwin , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 16 May 1980; (p. 7,16-17)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled Neil Jillett , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 16 July 1980; (p. 26)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled Nancy Keesing , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: 24 Hours , vol. 5 no. 10 1980; (p. 72)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled D. Kubal , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Hudson Review , vol. 33 no. 1980; (p. 442-443)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Sisterly Fortunes in Transit Elizabeth Riddell , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 August vol. 101 no. 5226 1980; (p. 70,72)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled David Rowbotham , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 November 1980; (p. 24)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled F. Taliaferro , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Harper's Magazine , February 1980; (p. 84-85)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled Mary Vernon , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 31 May - 1 July 1980; (p. 37)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled Delys Bird , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , March vol. 26 no. 1 1981; (p. 54-56)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Portrait of True Virtue R. G. Geering , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , April no. 83 1981; (p. 69-71)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled John Colmer , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 108-109)

— Review of The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard 1980 single work novel
Untitled Margot Luke , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 109)

— 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)
Shirley Hazzard’s Australia : Belated Reading and Cultural Mobility Brigitta Olubas , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2010;
This essay examines Shirley Hazzard’s representation of and reception in Australia by returning to her 1984 Boyer Lectures, arguing that from the perspective of twenty-five years hindsight, they provide a useful contribution to recent conversations about the critical location of Australian literary culture in international contexts, including in particular, the cosmopolitan. In attending to the operations of time and space in Hazzard’s account of her contemporary world, this ‘delayed’ reading of the lectures provides for a more complex understanding of her significance in the contemporary field of Australian literary studies, arguing that in its striking presentation of Cold War locations and events, Hazzard’s work stages a decided move away from the specifically colonial frames that organise Australian cosmopolitanism, and that in this, her work generates a distinctive form of cosmopolitan cultural mobility, and as a consequence a distinctive perspective on Australia. (Author's abstract)
Her Confident Tones Still Resound Stephen Saunders , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 30 January 2011; (p. 26)
The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth : Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus Sven Birkets , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Southern Review , Autumn vol. 45 no. 4 2009; (p. 720-736)
'Birkerts examines Shirley Hazzard's The Transit of Venus, a novel. He considers Hazzard's novel as one of the great works of recent times. He found it structurally intricate, emotionally resonant and wiser. Hazzard enriches the texture of the novel with its episodes and probes the nature of romantic love.' (Editor's abstract)
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).
Rewriting the Past: Exploration and Discovery in "The Transit of Venus" Brigitta Olubas , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 15 no. 3 1992; (p. 155-164)
Discontinuous Narrative and Aspects of Love in Shirley Hazzard's Short Stories K. M. Twidale , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 26 no. 1 1991; (p. 101-116)
`Some Godlike Grammar': The Narrator in `The Transit of Venus' Robert Sellick , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aspects of Australian Fiction : Essays Presented to John Colmer, Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Adelaide 1990; (p. 87-96)
A Conversation with Shirley Hazzard Dennis Danvers (interviewer), 1987 single work interview
— Appears in: Antipodes , March vol. 1 no. 1 1987; (p. 40-43)
Hazzard Ahead Susan Wyndham , 1993 single work biography
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 17-18 July 1993; (p. 26-32)
Indispensable Humanity : Saviours and Destroyers, and Major and Minor Characters, in Shirley Hazzard's "The Transit of Venus" E. B. Moon , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 45 no. 1 1985; (p. 94-108)
Astronomer of Souls : Shirley Hazzard Paul Kavanagh , Peter Kuch , 1985 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 45 no. 2 1985; (p. 209-219) Conversations : Interviews with Australian Writers 1991; (p. 95-110)
Mars Versus Venus : The Dialectics of Power in Shirley Hazzard's 'The Transit of Venus' Anna Rutherford , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , [Double Issue] vol. 18 no. 2-3 1996; (p. 309-327)
Text Production and Reception - Shirley Hazzard's "The Transit of Venus" Delys Bird , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , March vol. 30 no. 1 1985; (p. 38-51)
The Novel as "Work in Progress": Shirley Hazzard's "The Transit of Venus" Anna Grazia Mattei , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 15 no. 2 1991; (p. 117-127)
Shirley Hazzard : Glimpses of Paradise Horst Priessnitz , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 335-350)

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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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    United States of America (USA),
    c
    Americas,
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