y Season in Purgatory single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1976 1976
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'The Island of Mus lies in the Adriatic off the coast of Yugoslavia. There Tito's partisans maintained a precarious base while the Germans ruled over almost all the country; there David Pelham, a young surgeon, was sent to minister to the Yugoslav wounded evacuated from the ferocious fighting on the mainland; there Moja Javich came to help him as a nurse, orderly, aide-de-camp, provider of material resources and spiritual solace; there they made love. Through the searing heat of summer and the winter cold; through the dirt, the smells, the omnipresent flies; through the apathy of idleness and the awful carnage of battle, their love kept them sane and transcended all the horrors of day-to-day existence. Mus for Pelham was to become "the place of youth, the place of blood-sacrifice and wine, of love and the smell of gangrene. Above all of near madness". Their love itself was near madness. And in the end they all went away and Mus returned to its primordial calm.' (Source: dustjacket, 1976 Collins edition)

Notes

  • Dedication: To my brother John Patrick
  • Author's note: This mere narrative derives from real events that occurred off the Dalmatian coast in 1943 and 1944. However, the characters - with the exception of Tito himself - are entirely fictional and are not meant to refer, either as regards appearance, behaviour or career, to any officer, doctor or partisan who occupied that place and period.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sydney, New South Wales,: Collins , 1976 .
      Extent: 223p.
      ISBN: 0002224712
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Fontana , 1977 .
      Extent: 190p.
      ISBN: 000615025X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Harcourt Brace , 1985 .
      Extent: 206p.
      Edition info: 1st Harvest ed.
      ISBN: 0156798506 (pbk)
      Series: Harvest Book Harcourt (publisher), series - publisher
Alternative title: De Dokter en de Partizane
Language: Dutch
    • Baarn,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Fontein , 1977 .
      Extent: 176p.

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— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 3 September 1976; (p. 1069)

— Review of Season in Purgatory Thomas Keneally 1976 single work novel
Untitled J. Murray , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Financial Times , 16 September 1976; (p. 15)

— Review of Season in Purgatory Thomas Keneally 1976 single work novel
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— Appears in: The Age , 18 December 1976; (p. 20)

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— Review of Season in Purgatory Thomas Keneally 1976 single work novel
Untitled Clement Semmler , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6 November 1976; (p. 15)

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— Review of Season in Purgatory Thomas Keneally 1976 single work novel
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Untitled A. Rutherford , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: Commonwealth Newsletter , no. 11 1977; (p. 29)

— Review of Season in Purgatory Thomas Keneally 1976 single work novel
Untitled A. Rutherford , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: Literary Half-Yearly , vol. 18 no. 1 1977; (p. 211-217)

— Review of Season in Purgatory Thomas Keneally 1976 single work novel
Untitled R. A. Sokolov , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 27 February 1977; (p. 30)

— Review of Season in Purgatory Thomas Keneally 1976 single work novel
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— Appears in: The Bulletin , 8 January vol. 98 no. 5039 1977; (p. 54-55) The Peasant Mandarin : Prose Pieces 1978; (p. 220-224)

— Review of Season in Purgatory Thomas Keneally 1976 single work novel
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— Appears in: Yacker 2 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1987; (p. 116-142)
The Sites of War in the Fiction of Thomas Keneally Peter Pierce , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 12 no. 4 1986; (p. 442-452)
Thomas Keneally and the Strutton Connection : Thomas Keneally Thomas Keneally , 1977 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 21 no. 5 1977; (p. 8-9)
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— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 21 no. 5 1977; (p. 9-10)
Thomas Keneally and the Strutton Connection : Leonie Kramer Leonie Kramer , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 21 no. 5 1977; (p. 10-11)
Thomas Keneally and the Strutton Connection : Clement Semmler Clement Semmler , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 21 no. 5 1977; (p. 11)
The Most Frightening Rebellion : The Recent Novels of Thomas Keneally Veronica Brady , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 38 no. 1 1979; (p. 74-86)
Thomas Keneally and the Scheme of Things Adrian Mitchell , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 9 no. 1 1979; (p. 3-13)
"Acknowledges Keneally's seeming contradiction of being both a popular and serious novelist. Yet argues that in spite of the popular elements in his work, Keneally shows a keen awareness of the individual's precarious position in 'the scheme of things,' and directs each novel toward a search for surety amid uncertainties, for comprehension of the inexplicable, for an affirmation of decency and integrity" (Annotation in R. Ross, Australian Literary Criticism - 1945-1988, 241).
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Thomas Keneally and the Strutton Connection 1977 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 21 no. 5 1977; (p. 4-8)
Row Over Book Similarities Ross Campbell , 1977 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 4 June vol. 99 no. 5060 1977; (p. 20)
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