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Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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Adaptations

form y Seven Types of Ambiguity Jacquelin Perske , Jonathan Gavin , Marieke Hardy , Australia : Matchbox Pictures Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2017 10408355 2017 series - publisher film/TV thriller

'Seven-year-old Sam Marin is taken from his school. Much to the relief of his parents Anna and Joe, Sam is found unharmed hours later and the police arrest ex-school teacher, Simon Heywood. It’s not a matter of who took Sam, but a question of why.

'Told from the shifting perspectives of seven characters, this psychological mystery explores the complex emotional terrain of past and present relationships and the risks people will go to in the name of love.'

Source: ABC TV (http://about.abc.net.au/abc-in-2017/drama-lovers/). (Sighted: 04/11/2016)

Notes

  • Dedication: for Debbie
  • Epigraph:
    God has pity on kindergarten children.
    He has less pity on school children.
    And on grownups he has no pity at all,
    he leaves them alone,
    and sometimes they must crawl on all fours... (Yehuda Amichai)

  • Included in the New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of the Year list for 2005.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2003 .
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      Extent: 607p.
      ISBN: 0330364235
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Faber , 2003 .
      Extent: 607p.
      ISBN: 0571207170 (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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      Riverhead Books , 2004 .
      Extent: 607p.
      ISBN: 157322281X (alk. paper)
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2004 .
      Extent: 607p.
      ISBN: 0330364944
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Faber , 2005 .
      Extent: 624p.
      ISBN: 0571207227
Alternative title: Zeven vormen van dubbelzinnigheid
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      De Bezige Bij , 2004 .
      Extent: 679p.
      ISBN: 9023414993

Works about this Work

Silent Triumph of the Individual : Social Investigation through Empathy in Elliot Perlman's Three Dollars, Seven Types of Ambiguity, and The Street Sweeper Fiona Duthie , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 197-202)

'The novels of Elliot Perlman encompass a wide variety of social observations and criticism in both contemporary and historical settings. Each novel, Three Dollars, Types of Ambiguity, and The Street Sweeper, most definitely constitutes a recognition of suffering and a cry against inhumanity. However, the principal purpose of these novels is not to wallow in awfulness, nor is it solely to educate readers as to the harder realities of life. Here, Duthie examines Perlman's three novels. ' (Publication summary)

A Magnificent Seven Sara Dowse , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 11 March 2012; (p. 26)
Readers' Choice : Tales of Sensation and Sentiment 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2012; (p. 17)
'Something to Keep You Steady' : Egalitarianism and Distiction from D. H. Lawrence to Christos Tsiolkas Nicholas Birns , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 9 2009; Interpretations , July vol. 43 no. 2010; (p. 35-42)
'This essay will examine the fiction of D. H. Lawrence, Elliot Perlman, and Christos Tsiolkas with regard to their representation of Australian society, particularly in comparison to the European past and present. Its guiding dynamic will be the opposition between the egalitarian 'mateship' that D. H. lawrence found, and was discomfited by, in 1922 and the economic neoliberalism and concomitant sense of 'distinction' (to use Pierre Bourdieu's term) that Perlman and Tsiolkas see in today's Australia and to the world in which Australia manifests itself.'
Market Economy and the Abolition of Singularity in Elliot Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity Michael Mack , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 20 no. 2 2006; (p. 183-191)

Michael Mack concludes his discussion of Elliot Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity with the assertion that the novel 'narrates how the intolerance of ambiguity ... ruins not only personal relationships and the seemingly private appreciation of literature ... it also sheds light on how society's self-absorption with fundamentalism marks the point of its disintegration into isolated selves that have become utterly hostile to helping each other and themselves'.

Reams of Acclaim with No Ambiguity Susan Wyndham , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 February 2005; (p. 10)
A column canvassing current literary events including a section on the overseas reception of Elliot Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity.
An Australian Abroad Emma-Kate Symons , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 April 2005; (p. 8-9)
Emma-Kate Symons explores with Elliot Perlman the growing popularity of Australian literature in France. Perlman relays his publisher's comment that 'the French have no problem with ambiguity in life and relationships and in politics...' and that works such as Seven Types of Ambiguity are therefore appealing.
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.
Rashomon in Melbourne Daphne Merkin , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 16 January vol. 110 no. 3 2005; (p. 11)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Literary Names Give Award Fresh Life James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 April 2004; (p. 15)
Six Prizes but Only One Award Malcolm Knox , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 June 2004; (p. 14)

— Review of Three Dog Night Peter Goldsworthy 2003 single work novel ; Slow Water Annamarie Rustom Jagose 2003 single work novel ; Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel ; My Life as a Fake Peter Carey 2003 single work novel ; The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel ; Elizabeth Costello : Eight Lessons J. M. Coetzee 2003 single work novel
Knox reviews each of the six novels nominated for the 2004 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
But Seriously... Caroline Baum , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 16 August 2003; (p. 27, [31], [33])
A Searing Social Critique Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 August 2003; (p. 3a)
Unambiguous Rodomontade Hugh Dillon , 2003-2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 257 2003-2004; (p. 4)
Acts of Love Helen Elliott , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 August 2003; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel ; Eva's Angel Garry Disher 2003 single work novel
All About Their Ambiguity Penny Hueston , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23 August 2003; (p. 4)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Doubleman Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 August 2003; (p. 7)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Perlman's Angry Novel Leaves Its Mark Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 29 August vol. 69 no. 51 2003; (p. 20)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Greed is Good as a Conversation Piece A. P. Riemer , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 September 2003; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Thriller with Social Criticism Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 5 September vol. 69 no. 52 2003; (p. 20)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Acts of Love Helen Elliott , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23-24 August 2003; (p. 10-11)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel ; Eva's Angel Garry Disher 2003 single work novel
All About Their Ambiguity Penny Hueston , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23 August 2003; (p. 4)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Doubleman Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 August 2003; (p. 7)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Perlman's Angry Novel Leaves Its Mark Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 29 August vol. 69 no. 51 2003; (p. 20)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Greed is Good as a Conversation Piece A. P. Riemer , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 6-7 September 2003; (p. 14-15)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Thriller with Social Criticism Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 5 September vol. 69 no. 52 2003; (p. 20)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Heavy Handed Don Anderson , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 16 September vol. 121 no. 6390 2003; (p. 76)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Angst Factor Janis Balodis , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 8 - 14 October no. 464 2003; (p. 26)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Fall of Civil Society Katharine England , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 18 October 2003; (p. 11)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
A Blander Shade of Grey Peter Craven , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 256 2003; (p. 47-48) Creme de la Phlegm : Unforgettable Australian Reviews 2006; (p. 395-400)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Fiction Julie Marlow , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Island , Summer no. 95 2003; (p. 80-84)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel ; Anthology of Australasian Stories 2003 anthology short story ; The Teetotaller's Wake Carolyn Van Langenberg 2003 single work novel
Six Prizes but Only One Award Malcolm Knox , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 June 2004; (p. 14)

— Review of Three Dog Night Peter Goldsworthy 2003 single work novel ; Slow Water Annamarie Rustom Jagose 2003 single work novel ; Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel ; My Life as a Fake Peter Carey 2003 single work novel ; The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel ; Elizabeth Costello : Eight Lessons J. M. Coetzee 2003 single work novel
Knox reviews each of the six novels nominated for the 2004 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
The Power of Seven Helen Elliott , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Limelight , October 2003; (p. 58-59)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
Rashomon in Melbourne Daphne Merkin , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 16 January vol. 110 no. 3 2005; (p. 11)

— Review of Seven Types of Ambiguity Elliot Perlman 2003 single work novel
But Seriously... Caroline Baum , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 16 August 2003; (p. 27, [31], [33])
A Searing Social Critique Ben Naparstek , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 August 2003; (p. 3a)
Unambiguous Rodomontade Hugh Dillon , 2003-2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 257 2003-2004; (p. 4)
Literary Names Give Award Fresh Life James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 April 2004; (p. 15)
Reams of Acclaim with No Ambiguity Susan Wyndham , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 February 2005; (p. 10)
A column canvassing current literary events including a section on the overseas reception of Elliot Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity.
An Australian Abroad Emma-Kate Symons , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 April 2005; (p. 8-9)
Emma-Kate Symons explores with Elliot Perlman the growing popularity of Australian literature in France. Perlman relays his publisher's comment that 'the French have no problem with ambiguity in life and relationships and in politics...' and that works such as Seven Types of Ambiguity are therefore appealing.
Market Economy and the Abolition of Singularity in Elliot Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity Michael Mack , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 20 no. 2 2006; (p. 183-191)

Michael Mack concludes his discussion of Elliot Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity with the assertion that the novel 'narrates how the intolerance of ambiguity ... ruins not only personal relationships and the seemingly private appreciation of literature ... it also sheds light on how society's self-absorption with fundamentalism marks the point of its disintegration into isolated selves that have become utterly hostile to helping each other and themselves'.

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.
'Something to Keep You Steady' : Egalitarianism and Distiction from D. H. Lawrence to Christos Tsiolkas Nicholas Birns , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 9 2009; Interpretations , July vol. 43 no. 2010; (p. 35-42)
'This essay will examine the fiction of D. H. Lawrence, Elliot Perlman, and Christos Tsiolkas with regard to their representation of Australian society, particularly in comparison to the European past and present. Its guiding dynamic will be the opposition between the egalitarian 'mateship' that D. H. lawrence found, and was discomfited by, in 1922 and the economic neoliberalism and concomitant sense of 'distinction' (to use Pierre Bourdieu's term) that Perlman and Tsiolkas see in today's Australia and to the world in which Australia manifests itself.'
A Magnificent Seven Sara Dowse , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Sunday Canberra Times , 11 March 2012; (p. 26)
Readers' Choice : Tales of Sensation and Sentiment 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2012; (p. 17)
Silent Triumph of the Individual : Social Investigation through Empathy in Elliot Perlman's Three Dollars, Seven Types of Ambiguity, and The Street Sweeper Fiona Duthie , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 27 no. 2 2013; (p. 197-202)

'The novels of Elliot Perlman encompass a wide variety of social observations and criticism in both contemporary and historical settings. Each novel, Three Dollars, Types of Ambiguity, and The Street Sweeper, most definitely constitutes a recognition of suffering and a cry against inhumanity. However, the principal purpose of these novels is not to wallow in awfulness, nor is it solely to educate readers as to the harder realities of life. Here, Duthie examines Perlman's three novels. ' (Publication summary)

Awards

2004 shortlisted International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book
2004 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2004 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Fiction Book
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