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y Harland's Half Acre single work   novel  
  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1984 1984
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'Born on a poor dairy farm in Queensland, Frank Harland's life is centred on his great artistic gift, his passionate love for his father and four brothers and his need to repossess, through a patch of land, his family's past. The story spans Frank's life; from before the First World War, through years as a swaggie in the Great Depression and Brisbane in the forties, to his retirement to a patch of Australian scrub where he at last takes possession of his dream. Solitude and society, possession and dispossession, the obsessive and often violent claims of family life and love, illuminate the imagination of the artist and the larger world of events. This is an ambitious novel, presented simply and poetically; the narrative is absorbing, full of incident, and peopled with characters of formidable humour and power.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Vintage reprint).

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  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Knopf , 1984 .
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      Extent: 230p.
      Note/s:
      • 1st American ed.
      • A Borzoi Book.
      ISBN: 0394539192
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1985 .
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      Extent: 230p.
      Reprinted: 1988
      ISBN: 0140074694
    • Oxford, Oxfordshire,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Isis , 1985 .
      Extent: vi, 372 p.p.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 1850890587
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Chatto and Windus , 1993 .
      Extent: 230p.
      Edition info: Collected ed.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 0701161183
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Vintage , 1997 .
      Extent: 230p.
      ISBN: 0679776478, 0394539192
    • London,
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      Vintage , 1999 .
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      Extent: 230p.
      ISBN: 0099273837
Alternative title: Harland et son domaine
Language: French
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      France,
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      Albin Michel , 1986 .
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      Extent: 279p.
      Description: illus., map
      ISBN: 2226025928

Works about this Work

Closure, Completion and Memory in Harland's Half Acre : Phil's Story Carolyn Masel , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;
'Most of the excellent critical work on this novel deals with the topic that Malouf has identified as its central issue. Frank Harland’s original plan is to buy back his family’s land, lost through gambling and general carelessness, using the proceeds of the sale of his paintings. His thinking has to be radically altered after the death of his nephew and heir. Possession, he comes to realise, is an imaginative thing rather than a physical thing. This essay does not repeat or summarise previous critical contributions, which trace conceptions of non-Indigenous ownership all the way from terra nullius to the ethical ambitions of whiteness studies. Instead, focusing solely on Phil’s story, it deals with the construction and function of memory in the work and on the building of an emotional climax close to its end. It includes discussion of characters’ particular memories, the creation of verbal memories for the reader, and the use of memory to intensify emotion at strategic points of the novel, especially the climax.' (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 Australian Dream Revisited A. P. Riemer , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 March 2013; (p. 21) The Age , 16 March 2013; (p. 31) The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 March 2013; (p. 32)
'A valuable literary venture from one of our leading novelists is revised and republished.
Revisiting Malouf's Michelangelo Moment Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 February 2013; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Australian Transnation Bill Ashcroft , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 1 2011; (p. 18-40)
'The world is more mobile than it has ever been and in many different fields, most notably literary studies, it has led to a growing, and now well established interest in cultural and ethnic mobility, diaspora, transnational and cosmopolitan interactions. This rise in global mobility at the same time as state borders have become more hysterically protected, has interested post-colonial cultural critics for some time. The concept of the nation, or at least the nation state, has often been robustly critiqued because the post-colonial nation is marked by disappointment, instituted on the boundaries of the colonial state and doomed to continue its oppressive functions. Almost universally the nation is contrasted with "the transnational" and the global movement of peoples. It is held to be a fixed entity, a pole of attraction or repulsion orienting transnational relationships at state level. But if we distinguish the nation from the state we discover that mobility and border crossing are already features of the phenomenon we call nation.' (Author's introduction)
Singing it Anew : David Malouf's Ransom Bernadette Brennan , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-12)
'In 2009 David Malouf's Ransom was published to great critical and popular acclaim. Ransom presents itself very simply as a beautiful story about (among other things) loss, love, vulnerability and storytelling. But what does it mean to talk about the beautiful in writing? Etienne Gilson argues that writing is a making before it is a knowing or willing, so its primary concern is not a truth to be known or a good to be willed. Its primary concern is beauty. This paper explores how the beautiful operates in, and structures, Ransom.' (Author's abstract)
An Imaginative Life : David Malouf Interviewed by Lee Spinks Lee Spinks (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 44 no. 2 2009; (p. 5-14)
'An Imaginative Life: An Interview with David Malouf' presents a wide-ranging discussion of a number of Malouf's major works. Commencing with a consideration of Malouf's personal and artistic beginnings, the interview explores his own sense of his position as an Australian (and a regional Australian) writer, the thematic and stylistic development of his craft as a writer of prose, the development of his distinctive novelistic voice, the place of mythology and historical memory in his fiction, his sense of the relationship between landscape and language and the complex constitution of the character of the Australian settler located as it is between a residual fidelity to the Old World and its presence in a new and other place.
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)

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
In Xanadu Did Kubla Khan , A Stately Pleasure Dome Decree Frank Moorhouse , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17-18 December 2006; (p. 16-19)
From personal experience, novelist Frank Moorhouse explores how the Gold Coast has captured the Australian literary imagination.
My Life as a Book Robert Holden , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crackpots, Ratbags and Rebels : A Swag of Aussie Eccentrics 2005; (p. 195-209)
Holden looks at a selection of Australian eccentrics who have inspired literary characterisation.
Ahasverus on the Walkabout : The Motif of the Wandering Jew in Contemporary Australian Fiction Gloria Gebhardt , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 16 no. 1 2002; (p. 11-16)
Harland's Half Acre : A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Australian Robert L. Ross , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: World Literature Today , Autumn vol. 74 no. 4 2000; (p. 733-738)

Contains the following sections: I. The Land Made Visible and Visitable; II. The Artist in Australia; III. Harland's Path to Self-Discovery; IV. Harland's Artistic Vision; V. Harland and the Larger World.

Place, Possession, Power : The Politics of Space in David Malouf's 'Harland's Half Acre' Maryanne Dever , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Provisional Maps : Critical Essays on David Malouf 1994; (p. 117-131)
y David Malouf Ivor Indyk , South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1993 Z165274 1993 single work criticism
Uniting the Hemispheres : David Malouf's Fiction David Kerr , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Australian Literature Today 1993; (p. 61-73)
Inscape and Creation in David Malouf's 'Harland's Half Acre' Albert Wertheim , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Spring vol. 14 no. 2 1992; (p. 106-113)
y Sheer Edge : Aspects of Identity in David Malouf's Writing Karin Hansson , Lund : Lund University Press , 1991 Z55263 1991 single work criticism biography
David Malouf Barbara Williams (interviewer), 1991 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , Spring no. 5 1991; (p. 81-94) In Other Words : Interviews with Australian Poets 1998; (p. 97-112, notes 274)
An Art of Intersection : David Malouf's Kunstlerroman 'Harland's Half Acre' Peter H. Knox-Shaw , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 5 no. 1 1991; (p. 31-39)
Untitled Faye Davis , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet , September - October vol. 4 no. 5 1985; (p. 2-3)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Revisiting Malouf's Michelangelo Moment Geordie Williamson , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 February 2013; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Untitled Brian Edwards , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Landfall , June vol. 39 no. 2 1985; (p. 213-223)

— Review of Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella ; The Bodysurfers Robert Drewe 1983 selected work short story ; An Item from the Late News Thea Astley 1982 single work novel ; The Cure Peter Kocan 1983 single work novel ; White Stag of Exile Thomas Shapcott 1984 single work novel ; The State of the Art : The Mood of Contemporary Australia in Short Stories 1983 anthology short story ; Kewpie Doll Barbara Hanrahan 1984 single work novel ; The Bellarmine Jug : A Novel Nicholas Hasluck 1984 single work novel ; Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel ; Woman in a Lampshade Elizabeth Jolley 1983 selected work short story ; Miss Peabody's Inheritance Elizabeth Jolley 1983 single work novel
Untitled Phoebe-Lou Adams , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Atlantic , October no. 254 1984; (p. 126)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Untitled S. Bann , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , vol. 6 no. 12 1984; (p. 18-19)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Untitled J. Bedford , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 22-28 June 1984; (p. 32)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Recovering the Land Laurie Clancy , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 65 1984; (p. 6-7)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Acts of Repossession Jim Crace , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 15 June 1984; (p. 658)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Untitled Michael Gorra , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 14 October 1984; (p. 9)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Exhibition Piece Martin Harrison , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Look & Listen , vol. 1 no. 1 1984; (p. 95)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
A Portrait of Harland's Path Barbara Jefferis , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 2-3 June 1984; (p. 13)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Australian Soul John Mellors , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Listener , 5 July 1984; (p. 27)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Past Reclaimed by Art D. J. O'Hearn , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 June 1984; (p. 18)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
A Classic From a Man of Memory David Rowbotham , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 16 June 1984; (p. 26)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Untitled Arthur Waldhorn , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Library Journal , 1 September no. 109 1984; (p. 1687)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Convincing Portrait Katharine England , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 June 1984; (p. 35)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
For a Hermit, Artist, the Search is the Thing Thomas Shapcott , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 June 1984; (p. 41)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Malouf and Stow Jim Davidson , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , December no. 97 1984; (p. 74-75)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel ; The Suburbs of Hell : A Novel Randolph Stow 1984 single work novel
Past Reclaimed by Art D. J. O'Hearn , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 June 1984; (p. 18)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
The Most Satisfying Malouf Novel Veronica Sen , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 July 1984; (p. 18)

— Review of Harland's Half Acre David Malouf 1984 single work novel
Ahasverus on the Walkabout : The Motif of the Wandering Jew in Contemporary Australian Fiction Gloria Gebhardt , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 16 no. 1 2002; (p. 11-16)
My Life as a Book Robert Holden , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crackpots, Ratbags and Rebels : A Swag of Aussie Eccentrics 2005; (p. 195-209)
Holden looks at a selection of Australian eccentrics who have inspired literary characterisation.
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
An Imaginative Life : David Malouf Interviewed by Lee Spinks Lee Spinks (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 44 no. 2 2009; (p. 5-14)
'An Imaginative Life: An Interview with David Malouf' presents a wide-ranging discussion of a number of Malouf's major works. Commencing with a consideration of Malouf's personal and artistic beginnings, the interview explores his own sense of his position as an Australian (and a regional Australian) writer, the thematic and stylistic development of his craft as a writer of prose, the development of his distinctive novelistic voice, the place of mythology and historical memory in his fiction, his sense of the relationship between landscape and language and the complex constitution of the character of the Australian settler located as it is between a residual fidelity to the Old World and its presence in a new and other place.
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)

Australian Transnation Bill Ashcroft , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 71 no. 1 2011; (p. 18-40)
'The world is more mobile than it has ever been and in many different fields, most notably literary studies, it has led to a growing, and now well established interest in cultural and ethnic mobility, diaspora, transnational and cosmopolitan interactions. This rise in global mobility at the same time as state borders have become more hysterically protected, has interested post-colonial cultural critics for some time. The concept of the nation, or at least the nation state, has often been robustly critiqued because the post-colonial nation is marked by disappointment, instituted on the boundaries of the colonial state and doomed to continue its oppressive functions. Almost universally the nation is contrasted with "the transnational" and the global movement of peoples. It is held to be a fixed entity, a pole of attraction or repulsion orienting transnational relationships at state level. But if we distinguish the nation from the state we discover that mobility and border crossing are already features of the phenomenon we call nation.' (Author's introduction)
Singing it Anew : David Malouf's Ransom Bernadette Brennan , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-12)
'In 2009 David Malouf's Ransom was published to great critical and popular acclaim. Ransom presents itself very simply as a beautiful story about (among other things) loss, love, vulnerability and storytelling. But what does it mean to talk about the beautiful in writing? Etienne Gilson argues that writing is a making before it is a knowing or willing, so its primary concern is not a truth to be known or a good to be willed. Its primary concern is beauty. This paper explores how the beautiful operates in, and structures, Ransom.' (Author's abstract)
In Xanadu Did Kubla Khan , A Stately Pleasure Dome Decree Frank Moorhouse , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17-18 December 2006; (p. 16-19)
From personal experience, novelist Frank Moorhouse explores how the Gold Coast has captured the Australian literary imagination.
The Australian Dream Revisited A. P. Riemer , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 March 2013; (p. 21) The Age , 16 March 2013; (p. 31) The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 March 2013; (p. 32)
'A valuable literary venture from one of our leading novelists is revised and republished.
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.

David Malouf Candida Baker (interviewer), 1986 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1986; (p. 234-263) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 31)
David Malouf Barbara Williams (interviewer), 1991 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , Spring no. 5 1991; (p. 81-94) In Other Words : Interviews with Australian Poets 1998; (p. 97-112, notes 274)
y David Malouf Ivor Indyk , South Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1993 Z165274 1993 single work criticism
An Art of Intersection : David Malouf's Kunstlerroman 'Harland's Half Acre' Peter H. Knox-Shaw , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 5 no. 1 1991; (p. 31-39)
David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview : Introduction Jim Tulip , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. ix-xxiv)
Art and the Australian Artist : In White, Malouf, Murnane and Bail Annette Stewart , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , August vol. 31 no. 8 1987; (p. 52-59)
With Breath Just Condensing On It : An Interview with David Malouf Paul Kavanagh , Peter Kuch , 1986 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 46 no. 3 1986; (p. 247-259) Conversations : Interviews with Australian Writers 1991; (p. 177-196)
'Savage Paradise' : History, Violence and the Family in Some Recent Australian Fiction Xavier Pons , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 15 no. 2 1991; (p. 72-82)
Antipodean Dialogue : R. Stow and D. Malouf Marc Delrez , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crisis and Creativity in the New Literatures in English 1990; (p. 291-307)
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