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  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1990 1990
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'Every city, town and village has its memorial to war. Nowhere are these more eloquent than in Australia, generations of whose young men have enlisted to fight other people's battles - from Gallipoli and the Somme to Malaya and Vietnam. In THE GREAT WORLD, his finest novel yet, David Malouf gives a voice to that experience. But THE GREAT WORLD is more than a novel of war. Ranging over seventy years of Australian life, from Sydney's teeming King's Cross to the tranquil backwaters of the Hawkesbury River, it is a remarkable novel of self-knowledge and lost innocence, of survival and witness.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Vintage reprint).

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  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

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      ISBN: 0701134151
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      Pantheon Books , 1990 .
      Extent: 330p.
      Edition info: 1st American ed.
      ISBN: 0679401768
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 1991 .
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      Extent: 332p.
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      • Publisher: Pan
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      ISBN: 0099273861
Alternative title: Die Grosse Welt
Language: German

Works about this Work

'The Whole Landscape Dazzling and Shrilling' : Soundscapes of War and Peace in David Malouf's Fly Away Peter Fiona Richards , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 3 2016; (p. 155-168)
David Malouf and the Poetics of Possibility Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;

'The essay addresses the poetic dimension of David Malouf's novels, suggesting that a poetics of possibility can be found in all his work. The poetics of possibility is a function both of Malouf’s thematic interest in the future and of his use of poetic language to draw the reader to imagine various kinds of ways of experiencing and knowing the world. The essay draws upon the philosophy of Ernst Bloch to illuminate the utopian dimension of Malouf’s work, whether in seeing the radiance of possibility in simple objects, the silent ‘presence’ at the centre of language, or the possibility of a different kind of future that Australian society might have experienced.' (Publication abstract)

History As ‘Precarious Gift’ : Harland’s Half-Acre and The Great World As Malouf’s Not-So-Historical Novels Nicholas Birns , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;
'Harland’s Half-Acre (1985) and The Great World (1991) were composed at a time of increasing worldwide interest in the historical novel, and both works do have potentially historical settings, yet Malouf is more interested in a lyrical treatment of history, which will underscore the risks, the precariousness, of the past rather than just honoring or revering it. These novels, in their affirmation of lived provisionality, are finally not-so-historical.' (Publication abstract)
The Horizon of the Future Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 1 2014; (p. 12-35)
Un Oleaje Renovado Winston Manrique Sabogal , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: El país , 7 May 2011;
Además del Nobel Patrick White y del doblemente galardonado con el Booker Peter Carey, la lista de autores australianos es creciente en España. Una literatura sin tópicos ni etiquetas. [The number of Australian writers, besides Patrick White and Peter Carey, who are known and read in Spain is growing. Theirs is a literature that exceeds classifications or labels - Translation.]
A Century of Oz Lit in China : A Critical Overview (1906-2008) Yu Ouyang , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 65-71)
‘This paper seeks to examine the dissemination, reception and perception of Australian literature in China from 1906 to 2008 by providng a historical background for its first arrival in China as a literature undistinguished from English or American literature, then as part of a ruoxiao minzu wenxue (weak and small nation literature) in the early 1930s, its rise as interest grew in Communist and proletarian writings in the 1950s and 1960s, and its spread and growth from the end of the cultural revolution in 1976 across all genres, culminating in its present unprecedented flourishing.’ (Introduction, p. 65)
Homoeroticism in David Malouf's Fiction Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 271-292)

'David Malouf is hardly a gay icon. Although he has never kept his homosexuality a secret, neither has he flaunted it, either in his life or in his writings. Where the latter are concerned, there is no doubt that Malouf doesn't want to be pigeonholed, that he rejects restrictive levels that would do an injustice to his wide-ranging preoccupations and his considerable appeal to all manner of readers.' (p. 271)

Eventing : Wandering Through the Physiology of Australian Narrative Stuart Cooke , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 21 no. 2 2007; (p. 117-122)
y The Transformation of Political Identity from Commonwealth through Postcolonial Literature : The Cases of Nadine Gordimer, David Malouf and Michael Ondaatje Lamia Tayeb , Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press , 2006 Z1411707 2006 single work criticism
On Translating David Malouf Robert Pepin , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 67-72)
The Bread of Time to Come : Body and Landscape in David Malouf's Fiction Andrew Taylor , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Autumn vol. 74 no. 4 2000; (p. 715-723)
Examines Malouf's representations of the natural world, the human body and landscape as the site and the acting out of a transcendental relationship - a characteristic of Romanticism to be found in Malouf's fiction.
Origin, Identity and the Body in David Malouf's Fiction Andrew Taylor , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 19 no. 1 1999; (p. 3-14)
y Reading David Malouf Amanda Nettelbeck , South Melbourne : Sydney University Press/Oxford University Press , 1995 Z567308 1995 single work criticism
The Evidence of Anecdote : Some Perspectives on the Poetry of David Malouf Thomas Shapcott , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 1-11)
Interview with David Malouf Beate Josephi (interviewer), 1994 single work interview
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 29-34)
'The Great World', History, and Two or One Other Things Andrew Taylor , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 35-50)
Astonished by Everything : The Functions of Sublime Discourse in David Malouf's Fiction Patrick Buckridge , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 161-181)
Malouf in Four Ian Hicks , 1993 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 September 1993; (p. 17)
y David Malouf Ivor Indyk , South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1993 Z165274 1993 single work criticism
Broken Lines, Broken Lives : Discontinuities in David Malouf's 'The Great World' Xavier Pons , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Spring vol. 16 no. 2 1993; (p. 79-87)
About Books Marion Halligan , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , October vol. 1 no. 1 1990; (p. 8-11)

— Review of The Kadaitcha Sung Sam Watson 1990 single work novel ; Reaching Tin River Thea Astley 1990 single work novel ; Sheep and the Diva : Stories David Brooks 1990 selected work short story ; The Mighty World of Eye : Stories, Anti-Stories David Parker 1990 selected work short story criticism ; Isobars Janette Turner Hospital 1990 selected work short story ; Charades Janette Turner Hospital 1988 single work novel ; The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel ; Flying Lessons Susan Johnson 1990 single work novel ; Invisible Histories Geoff Page 1989 selected work short story poetry biography ; Marriages Amy Witting 1990 selected work short story ; Ingelba and the Five Black Matriarchs 1990 single work life story ; The Story of the Year of 1912 in the Village of Elza Darzins : A Novel Thea Welsh 1990 single work novel ; A Body of Water : A Year's Notebook Beverley Farmer 1990 selected work autobiography short story poetry diary ; Smyrna : A Novel Tony Maniaty 1989 single work novel
Provocative Tale of Love, Femininity from Weldon Louise Kennedy , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 February 1991; (p. 21)

— Review of Taking Shelter Jessica Anderson 1989 single work novel ; The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Paperbacks Penelope Nelson , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30-31 March 1991; (p. rev 6)

— Review of The Search for Harry Allway Alex Buzo 1985 single work novel ; The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel ; Lilian's Story Kate Grenville 1985 single work novel
A Great World Brought Home from the War John Forbes , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Herald , 25 February 1990; (p. 37)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
A Voyage Around our Fathers Murray Bramwell , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , Festival no. 73 1990; (p. 24)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
A Voyage Around our Fathers Murray Bramwell , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , March no. 22 1990; (p. 17-18)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
A World that Overwhelms Gerard Windsor , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 119 1990; (p. 7-8)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Close Relations John Maddocks , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Editions , September no. 8-9 1990; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Extraordinary Alchemist of the Ordinary John Hooker , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 24-25 February 1990; (p. 6)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Imaginary Lives of the Defeated in the Realm of Alienation 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 February 1990; (p. 33)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Ineffectuals Peter Campbell , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , April vol. 12 no. 8 1990; (p. 20)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Malouf Triumphs A. P. Riemer , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 February 1990; (p. 79)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Malouf's Circles of Life and Destiny Helen Daniel , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 February 1990; (p. 8)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Malouf's Other History Peter Pierce , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 February vol. 112 no. 5707 1990; (p. 90)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Mates and Myths Robert Brain , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 6-12 April 1990; (p. 375)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
That 'Other History' : A Novel of the Australian Spirit Katharine England , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 February 1990; (p. 14)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Tracing Lives in the Great World Kathy Kizilos , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Herald , 2 March 1990; (p. 13)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Transcendent Smallness Marion Halligan , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 24 February 1990; (p. B7)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Untitled David Meyers , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Queensland Writer , July/August vol. 2 no. 1 1990; (p. 21-22)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
Workers and Warriors Ian Buruma , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Review of Books , 19 July 1990; (p. 43)

— Review of The Great World David Malouf 1990 single work novel
On Translating David Malouf Robert Pepin , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 67-72)
y The Transformation of Political Identity from Commonwealth through Postcolonial Literature : The Cases of Nadine Gordimer, David Malouf and Michael Ondaatje Lamia Tayeb , Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press , 2006 Z1411707 2006 single work criticism
The Mind of David Malouf Peter Craven (interviewer), 1990 single work criticism biography interview
— Appears in: The Sunday Herald , 18 February 1990; (p. 37)
Eventing : Wandering Through the Physiology of Australian Narrative Stuart Cooke , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 21 no. 2 2007; (p. 117-122)
Homoeroticism in David Malouf's Fiction Xavier Pons , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Messengers of Eros : Representations of Sex in Australian Writing 2009; (p. 271-292)

'David Malouf is hardly a gay icon. Although he has never kept his homosexuality a secret, neither has he flaunted it, either in his life or in his writings. Where the latter are concerned, there is no doubt that Malouf doesn't want to be pigeonholed, that he rejects restrictive levels that would do an injustice to his wide-ranging preoccupations and his considerable appeal to all manner of readers.' (p. 271)

Un Oleaje Renovado Winston Manrique Sabogal , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: El país , 7 May 2011;
Además del Nobel Patrick White y del doblemente galardonado con el Booker Peter Carey, la lista de autores australianos es creciente en España. Una literatura sin tópicos ni etiquetas. [The number of Australian writers, besides Patrick White and Peter Carey, who are known and read in Spain is growing. Theirs is a literature that exceeds classifications or labels - Translation.]
A Century of Oz Lit in China : A Critical Overview (1906-2008) Yu Ouyang , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 65-71)
‘This paper seeks to examine the dissemination, reception and perception of Australian literature in China from 1906 to 2008 by providng a historical background for its first arrival in China as a literature undistinguished from English or American literature, then as part of a ruoxiao minzu wenxue (weak and small nation literature) in the early 1930s, its rise as interest grew in Communist and proletarian writings in the 1950s and 1960s, and its spread and growth from the end of the cultural revolution in 1976 across all genres, culminating in its present unprecedented flourishing.’ (Introduction, p. 65)
David Malouf, Francis Webb and Australian Religious Consciousness Jim Tulip , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reconnoitres : Essays in Australian Literature in Honour of G. A. Wilkes 1992; (p. 226-237)
y Sheer Edge : Aspects of Identity in David Malouf's Writing Karin Hansson , Lund : Lund University Press , 1991 Z55263 1991 single work criticism biography
y Imagined Lives : A Study of David Malouf Philip Neilsen , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z56875 1990 single work criticism

In the first book-length study of Malouf, Neilsen concentrates primarily on a literary analysis of Malouf's first six novels from Johnno to The Great World (the 2nd edition also includes a chapter on Remembering Babylon). It also discusses the thematic connections between Malouf's fiction and some of his poetry.

Malouf's Epic and the Unravelling of a National Stereotype Peter H. Knox-Shaw , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 26 no. 1 1991; (p. 79-100)
Book Notes [22 June 1991] 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 June 1991; (p. 42)
Narrative Invention as 'Spatial History' in 'The Great World' Amanda Nettelbeck , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , June no. 7 1992; (p. 41-52)
Malouf Plots a Novel Way to Skip Award Party Paul McGeough , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 June 1991; (p. 3)
Novel Prize 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The West Australian , 26 July 1991; (p. 7)
Franklin Prize to Malouf 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 June 1991; (p. 1)
Malouf's Great World of Books the Right Stuff for Top Award 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Mercury , 26 June 1991; (p. 5)
Malouf Wins Miles Franklin Award Nick Richardson , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 June 1991; (p. 3)
Malouf's Sixth Novel Wins Miles Franklin Award Robert Hefner , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 June 1991; (p. 5)
Amazing Memory Inspired Malouf John Brock , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 29 June 1991; (p. 21)
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