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Source: Pan Macmillan
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Source: Good Reads
y Corfu : A Novel single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2001 2001
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'"House in Gastouri for rent for 2 mths. Occupant travelling. Reasonable rent."

In a village on the island of Corfu, alone in the cottage of a man he's never met, a young Australian actor pieces together the strange life story of the writer whose house he's living in. As he explores his surroundings and makes new friends in Corfu, his own life begins to appear to him like an illuminating shadow-play of his absent host's.

Set in the physical landscapes of the Greek islands, Adelaide and the suburbs of London, Robert Dessaix's second novel is about friendship, love, the ordinary and extraordinary. Yet at its core is a perfectly placed meditation on literary landscapes–Homer, Sappho, Cavafy and Chekhov–and the part art can play in making our lives beautiful' (publisher blurb).

Notes

  • Other formats: Also sound recording ( Australian Listening Library, 2001 / Louis Braille Audio, 2002).
  • Other formats: Also e-book (Picador, 2007)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2001 .
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      Source: Pan Macmillan
      Extent: 346p.
      ISBN: 033036278
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Scribner ; Simon and Schuster , 2002 .
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      Source: Good Reads
      Extent: 352p.
      ISBN: 0743220382
Alternative title: Corfou un Roman
Language: French

Works about this Work

Beauty Robert Dessaix , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: As I Was Saying 2012; (p. 116-137)
y Imaging Italy Through the Eyes of Contemporary Australian Travellers (1990-2010) Roberta Trape , Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2011 Z1875994 2011 multi chapter work prose travel Contents: Part 1 Jeffrey Smart and Shirley Hazzard; Part 2 Robert Dessaix; Part 3 Peter Robb
'Hopelessly Adrift on Dreams of Homer' : Robert Dessaix's Corfu Noel Henricksen , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 42 no. 2 2007; (p. 37-46)
'In Corfu, Robert Dessaix establishes a dialectic between myth and reality, the heroic and the ordinary, through the apt use of allusion: his novel is richly tinctured with Homer and Chekhov, Sappho and C.P. Cavafy' (37). Henrickson in this essay draws out and comments on the multiple layers of allusion through which Dessaix's novel works.
Robert Dessaix's Journey into French Ninette Boothroyd , Michelle Royer , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 95-101)
Tasmanian Seachange Robert Dessaix Helen Elliott , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: State of the Arts , April - June 2003; (p. 107)
An Island of Lost Souls David Horspool , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 29 March no. 5165 2002; (p. 22)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Untitled Mike Shuttleworth , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 August 2002; (p. 15)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
An Exploration of Intimacy and Loneliness Christopher Bantick , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 29 July 2001; (p. 54)
How Life Can be Beautiful Jane Sullivan , 2001 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 4 August 2001; (p. 7)
Beyond the Ordinary Helen Elliott , 2001 single work biography criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 August 2001; (p. 10-11)
Novel of the Heart Christopher Bantick , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 October 2001; (p. 6)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Shillyshally Willies A. P. Riemer , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 July 2001; (p. 13)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
The Value of Life as Something Lived James Bradley , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 August 2001; (p. 9)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
The Problem with Beauty Carolyn Hughes , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 September 2001; (p. 5)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Novel Encounters Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , October vol. 11 no. 8 2001; (p. 38-39)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Nothing If Not Dappled Peter Craven , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 233 2001; (p. 11-12) Creme de la Phlegm : Unforgettable Australian Reviews 2006; (p. 376-381)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Untitled Stephanie Green , 2001-2002 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , December-January no. 4 2001-2002;

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
The Beauty of Simple Things Fiona Preston , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 87 2001; (p. 35-37)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Novel of the Heart Christopher Bantick , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 October 2001; (p. 6)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Shillyshally Willies A. P. Riemer , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 July 2001; (p. 13)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
The Value of Life as Something Lived James Bradley , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 August 2001; (p. 9)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
The Problem with Beauty Carolyn Hughes , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 September 2001; (p. 5)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Novel Encounters Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , October vol. 11 no. 8 2001; (p. 38-39)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Nothing If Not Dappled Peter Craven , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 233 2001; (p. 11-12) Creme de la Phlegm : Unforgettable Australian Reviews 2006; (p. 376-381)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Untitled Stephanie Green , 2001-2002 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , December-January no. 4 2001-2002;

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
The Beauty of Simple Things Fiona Preston , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 87 2001; (p. 35-37)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
An Island of Lost Souls David Horspool , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 29 March no. 5165 2002; (p. 22)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Untitled Mike Shuttleworth , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 August 2002; (p. 15)

— Review of Corfu : A Novel Robert Dessaix 2001 single work novel
Robert Dessaix's Journey into French Ninette Boothroyd , Michelle Royer , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 95-101)
Tasmanian Seachange Robert Dessaix Helen Elliott , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: State of the Arts , April - June 2003; (p. 107)
'Hopelessly Adrift on Dreams of Homer' : Robert Dessaix's Corfu Noel Henricksen , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 42 no. 2 2007; (p. 37-46)
'In Corfu, Robert Dessaix establishes a dialectic between myth and reality, the heroic and the ordinary, through the apt use of allusion: his novel is richly tinctured with Homer and Chekhov, Sappho and C.P. Cavafy' (37). Henrickson in this essay draws out and comments on the multiple layers of allusion through which Dessaix's novel works.
Beauty Robert Dessaix , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: As I Was Saying 2012; (p. 116-137)
y Imaging Italy Through the Eyes of Contemporary Australian Travellers (1990-2010) Roberta Trape , Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Press , 2011 Z1875994 2011 multi chapter work prose travel Contents: Part 1 Jeffrey Smart and Shirley Hazzard; Part 2 Robert Dessaix; Part 3 Peter Robb
An Exploration of Intimacy and Loneliness Christopher Bantick , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 29 July 2001; (p. 54)
How Life Can be Beautiful Jane Sullivan , 2001 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 4 August 2001; (p. 7)
Beyond the Ordinary Helen Elliott , 2001 single work biography criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 August 2001; (p. 10-11)
Last amended 21 Sep 2016 07:14:17
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    Greece,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Lesbos, Greek islands,
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    Greece,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Adelaide, South Australia,
  • London,
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    England,
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    United Kingdom (UK),
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    Western Europe, Europe,
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