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Issue Details: First known date: 1985 1985
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Notes

  • Dedication: For Judith, who bore the weight of this book.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Lane Cove, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Hodder and Stoughton Australia , 1985 .
      Extent: 315p.
      Reprinted: 1986
      Note/s:
      • Printed by Griffin Press, SA.
      ISBN: 0340384492
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Guild Press , 1985 .
      Extent: 315p.
      ISBN: 0340384492
    • Sevenoaks, Kent,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Coronet , 1986 .
      ISBN: 0340394595
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Penguin , 1987 .
      Extent: 336p.
      ISBN: 0140097961
Alternative title: De Vloek
Language: Dutch
    • Utrecht,
      c
      Netherlands,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Veen , 1987 .
      Extent: 319p.
      ISBN: 9020424882

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.
Interpodes : Poland, Tom Keneally and Australian Literary History Paul Sharrad , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture , vol. 1 no. 2 2012; (p. 169-179)

'This article is framed by a wider interest in how literary careers are made: what mechanisms other than the personal/biographical and the text-centred evaluations of scholars influence a writer's choices in presisting in building a succession of works that are both varied and yet form a consistently recognizable 'brand'.

Translation is one element in the wider network of 'machinery' that makes modern literary publishing. It is a marker of success that might well keep authors going despite lack of sales or negative reviews at home. Translation rights can provide useful supplementary funds to sustain a writer's output. Access to new markets overseas might also inspire interest in countries and topics other than their usual focus or the demands of the home market.

The Australian novelist and playwright Thomas Keneally achieved a critical regard for fictions of Australian history within a nationalist cultural resurgence, but to make a living as a writer he had to keep one eye on overseas markets as well. While his work on European topics has not always been celebrated at home, he has continued to write about them and to find readers in languages other than English.

Poland features in a number of Keneally books and is one of the leading sources of translation for his work. The article explores possible causes and effects around this fact, and surveys some reader responses from Poland. It notes the connections that Keneally's Catholic background and activist sympathies allow to modern Polish history and assesses the central place of his Booker-winning Schindler's Ark filmed as Schindler's List.' [Author's abstract]

Religion, Class and Nation in Contemporary Australian Fiction Stella Borgk Barthet , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 31 no. 1 2009; (p. 83-94)
'This article tackles the charge of elitism levelled at some Australian writers by Australian critics and suggests that these assessments may be biased because of an over-emphasis on class. This kind of criticism connects elitism with the writers' appropriation of the spiritual for the endorsement of the nation, and either rejects works that treat the spiritual, or it refuses to acknowledge a spiritual element in writing that is accepted for its working-class ethos. Through readings of David Malouf's The Conversation at Curlow Creek and Thomas Keneally's A Family Madness and The Office of Innocence, I question the connection that has been made between high literariness and the symbolic endorsement of the White nation in Australia.' Source: The author.
Imaging Australia Goenawan Mohamad , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 41 no. 1 1996; (p. 52-60)
'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)
Thomas Keneally : Cycle and Redemption Thomas P. Coakley , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 425-435)
Is He a Camera? Keneally's 'A Family Madness' Andrew Gurr , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , December no. 4 1990; (p. 113-121)
`White Ravens' in a World of Violence : German Connections in Thomas Keneally's Fiction Irmtraud Petersson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 14 no. 2 1989; (p. 160-173)
Thomas Keneally's Nightmare of History Manly Johnson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 3 no. 2 1989; (p. 101-104)
Untitled Harry Payne Heseltine , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 157)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Thomas Keneally Candida Baker (interviewer), 1987 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker 2 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1987; (p. 116-142)
Untitled Debra Journet , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , March vol. 1 no. 1 1987; (p. 55-56)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
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)
Untitled 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 22-23 November 1986; (p. 16)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled N. Philip , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: British Book News , January 1986; (p. 48)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled R. Towers , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 16 March 1986; (p. 9)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled R. Wade , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Contemporary Review , vol. 248 no. 1440 1986; (p. 48-49)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Compelling Keneally Jon Wood , 1985 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 6 October 1985;
Talking Easier : Keneally Oliver Harvey (interviewer), 1985 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 October 1985;
New Novel by Keneally Patricia Rolfe , 1985 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 9 July vol. 108 no. 5475 1985; (p. 114)
'Life of Riley' Takes a Bashing from Keneally Susan McKernan , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 8 October vol. 108 no. 5488 1985; (p. 84)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
A Balzac of Our Own in Keneally Peter Pierce , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 October 1985; (p. 15)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Inside Family Tragedy : Understanding Beyond the Headlines Ludmilla Forsyth , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (1985-1986) no. 77 1985; (p. 27-29)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Keneally : a Mighty Maze But Not Without a Plan Elizabeth Jolley , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 September 1985; (p. 46)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Keneally and the World Gone Askew Adrian Mitchell , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 28-29 September 1985; (p. 17)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Keneally's New Novel Ambitious - and Brilliant Katharine England , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 5 October 1985; (p. 7)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Too Many Weaknesses Mar the Strengths of Keneally David Rowbotham , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 12 October 1985; (p. 30)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled M. Glastonbury , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: New Statesman , 4 October 1985; (p. 28-29)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled Brian Kiernan , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: National Times , 25-31 October 1985; (p. 62)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled John Mellors , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Listener Guide , 24 October 1985; (p. 29)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled J. Sutherland , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 7 November 1985; (p. 24)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled M. Wood , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 18 October 1985; (p. 1169)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 22-23 November 1986; (p. 16)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled N. Philip , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: British Book News , January 1986; (p. 48)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled R. Towers , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 16 March 1986; (p. 9)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled R. Wade , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Contemporary Review , vol. 248 no. 1440 1986; (p. 48-49)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled Debra Journet , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , March vol. 1 no. 1 1987; (p. 55-56)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Untitled Harry Payne Heseltine , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 157)

— Review of A Family Madness Thomas Keneally 1985 single work novel
Religion, Class and Nation in Contemporary Australian Fiction Stella Borgk Barthet , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 31 no. 1 2009; (p. 83-94)
'This article tackles the charge of elitism levelled at some Australian writers by Australian critics and suggests that these assessments may be biased because of an over-emphasis on class. This kind of criticism connects elitism with the writers' appropriation of the spiritual for the endorsement of the nation, and either rejects works that treat the spiritual, or it refuses to acknowledge a spiritual element in writing that is accepted for its working-class ethos. Through readings of David Malouf's The Conversation at Curlow Creek and Thomas Keneally's A Family Madness and The Office of Innocence, I question the connection that has been made between high literariness and the symbolic endorsement of the White nation in Australia.' Source: The author.
Compelling Keneally Jon Wood , 1985 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 6 October 1985;
Talking Easier : Keneally Oliver Harvey (interviewer), 1985 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 8 October 1985;
Interpodes : Poland, Tom Keneally and Australian Literary History Paul Sharrad , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture , vol. 1 no. 2 2012; (p. 169-179)

'This article is framed by a wider interest in how literary careers are made: what mechanisms other than the personal/biographical and the text-centred evaluations of scholars influence a writer's choices in presisting in building a succession of works that are both varied and yet form a consistently recognizable 'brand'.

Translation is one element in the wider network of 'machinery' that makes modern literary publishing. It is a marker of success that might well keep authors going despite lack of sales or negative reviews at home. Translation rights can provide useful supplementary funds to sustain a writer's output. Access to new markets overseas might also inspire interest in countries and topics other than their usual focus or the demands of the home market.

The Australian novelist and playwright Thomas Keneally achieved a critical regard for fictions of Australian history within a nationalist cultural resurgence, but to make a living as a writer he had to keep one eye on overseas markets as well. While his work on European topics has not always been celebrated at home, he has continued to write about them and to find readers in languages other than English.

Poland features in a number of Keneally books and is one of the leading sources of translation for his work. The article explores possible causes and effects around this fact, and surveys some reader responses from Poland. It notes the connections that Keneally's Catholic background and activist sympathies allow to modern Polish history and assesses the central place of his Booker-winning Schindler's Ark filmed as Schindler's List.' [Author's abstract]

`White Ravens' in a World of Violence : German Connections in Thomas Keneally's Fiction Irmtraud Petersson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 14 no. 2 1989; (p. 160-173)
Thomas Keneally Candida Baker (interviewer), 1987 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker 2 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1987; (p. 116-142)
Thomas Keneally's Nightmare of History Manly Johnson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , Winter vol. 3 no. 2 1989; (p. 101-104)
Is He a Camera? Keneally's 'A Family Madness' Andrew Gurr , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , December no. 4 1990; (p. 113-121)
New Novel by Keneally Patricia Rolfe , 1985 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 9 July vol. 108 no. 5475 1985; (p. 114)
A Family Madness Thomas Keneally , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 45 no. 4 1985; (p. 53-58)
'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)
Imaging Australia Goenawan Mohamad , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , Autumn vol. 41 no. 1 1996; (p. 52-60)
Thomas Keneally : Cycle and Redemption Thomas P. Coakley , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 425-435)
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)
A Man Who Always Has the Last Word Jan Breen (interviewer), 1985 single work column interview biography
— Appears in: The Sun , 12 October 1985; (p. 6)
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.
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