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Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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Trapped behind barbed wire in an alien land, a man used to guarding his secrets is compelled to set the record straight. Imagine a faraway country that was once a friend of the West becoming the enemy, its people isolated and savagely repressed by a tyrant known as Great Uncle. As one of the country's most celebrated writers and a war hero, the storyteller has a better life than most, until he is made an offer he can't refuse. He must write a great novel, telling of the suffering of his people under the enemy's cruel economic sanctions and portraying Great Uncle as their saviour. This masterpiece must be completed in time for its international debut in three months, or else. If the writer cannot, or will not, meet the tyrant's deadline, he and anyone he cares for will pay the ultimate price. Stark, terrifying and utterly compelling, The Tyrant's Novel is both a gripping thriller and a chilling glimpse of a fictional world that seems all too real. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)

Notes

  • Dedication: To my brother, John Patrick, the good practitioner, with fraternal love
  • Listed in The New York Times Book Review's list of Notable Books for 2004.
  • Listed among the New York Public Library's 25 books to remember from 2004.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Doubleday , 2003 .
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      Extent: 292p.
      ISBN: 1864710713
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Doubleday , 2004 .
      Extent: 292p.
      Written as: Tom Keneally
      Note/s:
      • 'Written sagely, sinuously under the spell of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa and their mad generalissimos...There is everyhere a whiff of Graham Greene...' Time (appears on cover)
      ISBN: 9781864710724 (pbk), 1864710721 (pbk)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Talese , 2004 .
      Extent: 235p.
      Edition info: 1st US ed.
      ISBN: 0385511469 (hbk)
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sceptre , 2004 .
      Extent: 293p.
      ISBN: 0340825251 (hbk)
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Sceptre , 2004 .
      Extent: 293p.
      ISBN: 034082526X (pbk)
Alternative title: Tο μυθιστόρημα του τυράννου
Transliterated title: To mythistorema tou Tyrannou
Language: Greek
    • Athens,
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      Greece,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Livanis , 2006 .
      Extent: 310p.
      ISBN: 9601411712 (pbk)

Works about this Work

A National (Diasporic?) Living Treasure : Thomas Keneally Paul Sharrad , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 20-27)
Although Thomas Keneally is firmly located as a national figure, his international literary career and his novels’ inspection of colonial exile, Aboriginal alienation, and movements of people throughout history reflect aspects of diasporic experience, while pushing the term itself into wider meaning of the transnational.
Words, Sticks and Stones : Keneally, Literature and Social Impact Paul Sharrad , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 28 no. 4 2013; (p. 90-105)
Frontiers of Life and Death : The Human, New Wars and World Literary Sensibilities Debjani Ganguly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: What is the Human? : Australian Voices from the Humanities 2012; (p. 103-122)
Writing the Self/ Writing the Other in Thomas Keneally’s 'The Tyrant’s Novel' and Inaam Kachachi’s 'The American Granddaughter' Fadwa K. AbdelRahman , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Text , vol. 7 no. 3 2012;
'Thomas Keneally's The Tyrant's Novel (2004) and Inaam Kachachi's The American Granddaughter (2008) both deal with the crisis in Iraq and its ramifications. Recognizing the important ideological and humanistic role played by literature, both writers choose to assume their moral responsibility in the face of injustice, war and violence. The paper attempts to show how each of them follows a humanistic approach that advocates human rights and equality. It also compares how each evades or otherwise succumbs to the pitfalls of Humanism that turns the sign "human' to a universal category representing humanity according to the Western model. In so doing it examines how the fact of their coming from opposite sides of the cultural divide influences the cross-cultural negotiation of publicly disseminated representations of both the self and its other(s).' [Author's abstract]
Disappearing Race : Normative Whiteness and Cultural Appropriation in Australian Refugee Narratives Wenche Ommundsen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Narrating Race : Asia, (Trans)Nationalism, Social Change 2011; (p. 235-251)
The Beginning of a Novel is a Belief that the World Really Needs This Book : Thomas Keneally's Oeuvre with Special Reference to The Tyrant's Novel Somdatta Mandal , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature : Identity, Representation and Belonging 2007; (p. 24-32)
In the Wake of the Tampa : Multiculturalism, Cultural Citizenship and Australian Refugee Narratives Wenche Ommundsen , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Dislocations 2006; (p. 21-35)
Through the concept of cultural citizenship, Ommundsen comments on recent literary portrayals of asylum seeking and refugee experiences and how they might speak to contemporary views on multiculturalism in Australia.
Tom Keneally Ramona Koval (interviewer), 2005 single work interview
— Appears in: Tasting Life Twice : Conversations with Remarkable Writers 2005; (p. 314-324)
Should I ... Or Shouldn't I? Malcolm Knox , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 37 no. 3 2005; (p. 8-12)
In this work Malcolm Knox considers the ethics of publishing and the risk of losing friends or contact with family when a character in a novel shows resemblances.
Second Look : The Tyrant's Story Peter Craven , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 May 2005; (p. 29)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Keneally Opens Window to a Very Real World Peter Wood , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 October 2004; (p. 23)
The Tyrant's Novel by Tom Keneally is the October 2004 Big Book Club selection.
Rattling the Cage Samela Harris , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 October 2004; (p. 8)
Writer's Block Robert Irwin , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 13 February no. 5263 2004; (p. 22)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Asylum-Seeking and Perilous Journeys Merrill Findlay , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 175 2004; (p. 104-107)

— Review of Boy Overboard Morris Gleitzman 2002 single work children's fiction ; The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel ; From Nothing to Zero : Letters from Refugees in Australia's Detention Centres 2003 anthology correspondence
Deadline Fever Terrence Rafferty , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: New York Times Book Review The , 18 July vol. 109 no. 29 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 October 2004; (p. 4)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Confessions of the Tyrant's Ghostwriter Marjorie C. Allison , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 18 no. 2 2004; (p. 178)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Untitled John Walsh , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Asian Review of Books

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
No Leadership for Those Who Oppose Asylum Policy: Keneally Jennifer Moran , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 July 2003; (p. 3)
Moran reports on a talk given by Thomas Keneally while in Canberra on a promotional tour for his novel The Tyrant's Novel.
Only the Names Have Been Changed Caroline Baum , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 19 July 2003; (p. 8) The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 July 2003; (p. 4-5)
Baum analyses her experience of being fictionalised as the character 'Alice' in the novel The Tyrant's Novel and comments on other occasions, known to her, of writers fictionalising 'real' people with little apparent disguise.
Fable for our Times Anne Partlon , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 7 June 2003; (p. 13)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
First Page Test Megan Gressor , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 June 2003; (p. 2)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Torchbearer's Angry Light Tony Baker , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 July 2003; (p. 11)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Fact Behind the Fiction Tor Hundloe , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 July 2003; (p. 6)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Fury in a Modern Parable Thomas Keneally , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 5 July 2003; (p. 5)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Words for the Voiceless Matthew Condon , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 12-13 July 2003; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Language and Absolute Power A. P. Riemer , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 July 2003; (p. 14)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Centred on Detention 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 July 2003; (p. 11)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
The War Against Others Peter Pierce , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 253 2003; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Home and Away Peter Pierce , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 August vol. 121 no. 6387 2003; (p. 75)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel ; The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel ; Lives and Embers Jacob G. Rosenberg 2003 selected work short story ; The Different World of Fin Starling Elizabeth Stead 2003 single work novel ; My Life as a Fake Peter Carey 2003 single work novel
Keneally Packs a Punch with Taste of Tyranny Scott Whitmont , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 15 August vol. 69 no. 49 2003; (p. 23)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Writer's Block Robert Irwin , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 13 February no. 5263 2004; (p. 22)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Asylum-Seeking and Perilous Journeys Merrill Findlay , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 175 2004; (p. 104-107)

— Review of Boy Overboard Morris Gleitzman 2002 single work children's fiction ; The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel ; From Nothing to Zero : Letters from Refugees in Australia's Detention Centres 2003 anthology correspondence
Deadline Fever Terrence Rafferty , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: New York Times Book Review The , 18 July vol. 109 no. 29 2004; (p. 11)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Fiction Cameron Woodhead , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 October 2004; (p. 4)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Confessions of the Tyrant's Ghostwriter Marjorie C. Allison , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 18 no. 2 2004; (p. 178)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Second Look : The Tyrant's Story Peter Craven , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 May 2005; (p. 29)

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
Untitled John Walsh , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Asian Review of Books

— Review of The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel
No Leadership for Those Who Oppose Asylum Policy: Keneally Jennifer Moran , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 July 2003; (p. 3)
Moran reports on a talk given by Thomas Keneally while in Canberra on a promotional tour for his novel The Tyrant's Novel.
Only the Names Have Been Changed Caroline Baum , 2003 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 19 July 2003; (p. 8) The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 July 2003; (p. 4-5)
Baum analyses her experience of being fictionalised as the character 'Alice' in the novel The Tyrant's Novel and comments on other occasions, known to her, of writers fictionalising 'real' people with little apparent disguise.
The Conscience of the Camps Warwick McFadyen , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 July 2003; (p. 10)
Author Writes off Ruddock 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 10 July 2003; (p. 9)
Keneally Opens Window to a Very Real World Peter Wood , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 2 October 2004; (p. 23)
The Tyrant's Novel by Tom Keneally is the October 2004 Big Book Club selection.
Rattling the Cage Samela Harris , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 23 October 2004; (p. 8)
Tom Keneally Ramona Koval (interviewer), 2005 single work interview
— Appears in: Tasting Life Twice : Conversations with Remarkable Writers 2005; (p. 314-324)
In the Wake of the Tampa : Multiculturalism, Cultural Citizenship and Australian Refugee Narratives Wenche Ommundsen , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Dislocations 2006; (p. 21-35)
Through the concept of cultural citizenship, Ommundsen comments on recent literary portrayals of asylum seeking and refugee experiences and how they might speak to contemporary views on multiculturalism in Australia.
The Beginning of a Novel is a Belief that the World Really Needs This Book : Thomas Keneally's Oeuvre with Special Reference to The Tyrant's Novel Somdatta Mandal , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literature : Identity, Representation and Belonging 2007; (p. 24-32)
Should I ... Or Shouldn't I? Malcolm Knox , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 37 no. 3 2005; (p. 8-12)
In this work Malcolm Knox considers the ethics of publishing and the risk of losing friends or contact with family when a character in a novel shows resemblances.
Disappearing Race : Normative Whiteness and Cultural Appropriation in Australian Refugee Narratives Wenche Ommundsen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Narrating Race : Asia, (Trans)Nationalism, Social Change 2011; (p. 235-251)
Frontiers of Life and Death : The Human, New Wars and World Literary Sensibilities Debjani Ganguly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: What is the Human? : Australian Voices from the Humanities 2012; (p. 103-122)
Writing the Self/ Writing the Other in Thomas Keneally’s 'The Tyrant’s Novel' and Inaam Kachachi’s 'The American Granddaughter' Fadwa K. AbdelRahman , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Postcolonial Text , vol. 7 no. 3 2012;
'Thomas Keneally's The Tyrant's Novel (2004) and Inaam Kachachi's The American Granddaughter (2008) both deal with the crisis in Iraq and its ramifications. Recognizing the important ideological and humanistic role played by literature, both writers choose to assume their moral responsibility in the face of injustice, war and violence. The paper attempts to show how each of them follows a humanistic approach that advocates human rights and equality. It also compares how each evades or otherwise succumbs to the pitfalls of Humanism that turns the sign "human' to a universal category representing humanity according to the Western model. In so doing it examines how the fact of their coming from opposite sides of the cultural divide influences the cross-cultural negotiation of publicly disseminated representations of both the self and its other(s).' [Author's abstract]
Words, Sticks and Stones : Keneally, Literature and Social Impact Paul Sharrad , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 28 no. 4 2013; (p. 90-105)
A National (Diasporic?) Living Treasure : Thomas Keneally Paul Sharrad , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 20-27)
Although Thomas Keneally is firmly located as a national figure, his international literary career and his novels’ inspection of colonial exile, Aboriginal alienation, and movements of people throughout history reflect aspects of diasporic experience, while pushing the term itself into wider meaning of the transnational.

Awards

2003 winner Colin Roderick Award Announced in 2004
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