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Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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'The year is 1947. The great fire of the Second World War has convulsed Europe and Asia. In its wake, Aldred Leith, an acclaimed hero of the conflict, has spent two years in China at work on an account of world-transforming change there. Son of a famed and sexually ruthless novelist, Leith begins to resist his own self-sufficiency, nurtured by war. Peter Exley, another veteran and an art historian by training, is prosecuting war crimes committed by the Japanese. Both men have narrowly escaped death in battle, and Leith saved Exley's life. The men have maintained long-distance friendship in a postwar loneliness that haunts them both, and which has swallowed Exley whole. Now in their thirties, with their youth behind them and their world in ruins, both must invent the future and retrieve a private humanity.

'Arriving in Occupied Japan to record the effects of the bomb at Hiroshima, Leith meets Benedict and Helen Driscoll, the Australian son and daughter of a tyrannical medical administrator. Benedict, at twenty, is doomed by a rare degenerative disease. Helen, still younger, is inseparable from her brother. Precocious, brilliant, sensitive, at home in the books they read together, these two have been, in Leith's words, delivered by literature. The young people capture Leith's sympathy; indeed, he finds himself struggling with his attraction to this girl whose feelings are as intense as his own and from whom he will soon be fatefully parted.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Dedication: For F. S.
  • Epigraph:
    Parce que, j'ai voulu te redire je t'aime
    Et que le mot fait mal quand il est dit sans toi. (Lois Aragon)

  • Listed in The New York Times Book Review's list of Notable Books for 2003.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Farrar Straus and Giroux , 2003 .
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      Extent: 278p.
      ISBN: 0374166447
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Virago , 2003 .
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      Extent: 314p.
      ISBN: 1844081397
Alternative title: Le grand incendie : roman
Language: French

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— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 1 2014; (p. 55-70)
Branded by Fire : Postcolonial Naming in Shirley Hazzard's The Great Fire Christine De Vinne , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 28 no. 2 2014; (p. 289-299, 535)
'The US edition of Shirley Hazzard's The Great Fire is spangled with flames and names. Despite its dramatic cover, Hazzard's novel has largely escaped critical attention. Although applauded for her profound sensitivity and emotional microscopy, Hazzard wins less acclaim than one might expect. Here, De Vinne examines Hazzard's The Great Fire.' (Publication summary)
The Mid-century Method of The Great Fire Claire Seiler , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Shirley Hazzard : New Critical Essays 2014; (p. 97-110)
Home and Away : Shirley Hazzard and The Great Fire Brigitta Olubas , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 532-538)
'The Last Curve of the Globe' : Deep Time and Scenes of Reading in Shirley Hazzard's 'The Great Fire' Brigitta Olubas , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scenes of Reading : Is Australian Literature a World Literature? 2013; (p. 127-136)
y Shirley Hazzard : Literary Expatriate and Cosmopolitan Humanist Brigitta Olubas , Amherst : Cambria Press , 2012 Z1869117 2012 single work criticism 'This study brings together Hazzard's highly regarded literary fiction and her impassioned, polemical critiques of the United Nations through the rubrics of her humanist thought and her deep commitment to internationalist, cosmopolitan principles. Chapter 1 provides the first critical analysis of Hazzard's public writings, paying particular attention to their rhetorical and poetic structures and their moral appeals. Olubas then works through each of Hazzard's published works of fiction in turn.In chapter 2, she analyses the two collections of short stories through their shared concern with the question of institutions--bureaucracy and marriage--in modern life. Chapter 3 turns to Hazzard's two early novels, both set in Italy, and examines the appeal made in each to Romantic poetry, and to the ways narrative, desire and death play out across the stories of love. Chapters 4 and 5 are devoted to Hazzard's two great novels, The Transit of Venus and The Great Fire, respectively. The Transit of Venus is analysed as a melodrama, with particular focus on its complex narrative manipulation of concealment and revelation, and the ethical drive of its central love story. The final chapter focuses on the interplay of love and war in The Great Fire, and argues that this novel returns Hazzard's readers to her own journey, her departure from Australia at the pivotal points of post-war Asia: colonial Hong Kong and post-nuclear Hiroshima.' Source: http://www.cambriapress.com/ (Sighted 22/06/2012).
'At Home in More Than One Place' : Cosmopolitanism in the Work of Shirley Hazzard Brigitta Olubas , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 320 2010; (p. 9-11)
Shirley Hazzard’s Australia : Belated Reading and Cultural Mobility Brigitta Olubas , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue 2010;
This essay examines Shirley Hazzard’s representation of and reception in Australia by returning to her 1984 Boyer Lectures, arguing that from the perspective of twenty-five years hindsight, they provide a useful contribution to recent conversations about the critical location of Australian literary culture in international contexts, including in particular, the cosmopolitan. In attending to the operations of time and space in Hazzard’s account of her contemporary world, this ‘delayed’ reading of the lectures provides for a more complex understanding of her significance in the contemporary field of Australian literary studies, arguing that in its striking presentation of Cold War locations and events, Hazzard’s work stages a decided move away from the specifically colonial frames that organise Australian cosmopolitanism, and that in this, her work generates a distinctive form of cosmopolitan cultural mobility, and as a consequence a distinctive perspective on Australia. (Author's abstract)
‘Turning a Place into a Field' : Shirley Hazzard’s The Great Fire and Cold War Area Studies Robert Dixon , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Reading Across the Pacific : Australia-United States Intellectual Histories 2010; (p. 265-279)
''It has been one of the enduring ironies of the study of Asia', writes Harry Harootunian, 'that Asia itself, as an object, simply doesn't exist'. In Learning Places: The Afterlives of Area Studies (2002), Harootunian and Masao Miyoshi observe that 'Historically, area studies programs...originated in the immediate post-World War II era and sought to meet the necessity of gathering and providing information about the enemy'. This was made possible by large infusions of money from a range of institutions, including private corporations, scholarly organisations and government agencies. Assisted by US military occupation, 'places' like Japan were turned into social laboratories where specialists from Europe, the US and Australia came to do field work. 'Turning a place into a field' was symptomatic of the orientalism endemic to Cold War area studies. In this chapter, I examine expatriate Australian writer Shirley Hazzard's novel The Great Fire (2003) in the context of Cold War orientalism.' (pp. 265-266)
Visual Art and Bourgeois Forms in Shirley Hazzard's Fiction Brigitta Olubas , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 68 no. 1 2008; (p. 13-23)
Anachronism, Ekphrasis and the 'Shape of Time' in The Great Fire Brigitta Olubas , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 23 no. 3 2008; (p. 279-289)
The Enigma of Arrival John Freeman , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 June 2005; (p. 8-9)
Duchess of Hazzard Jane Sullivan , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 2 July 2005; (p. 3)
Second Look Peter Craven , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 21 August 2005; (p. 18)
A Tale of Dislocation Rachel Slater , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 179 2005; (p. 83-84)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Orange for Girls Joan London , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2004; (p. 6)
Literary Names Give Award Fresh Life James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 April 2004; (p. 15)
War and Peace and Fire in her Blood Valerie Lawson , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 June 2004; (p. 9)
'Ashamed' Perfectionist Wins Miles Franklin James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 June 2004; (p. 3)
And the Winner is .... Abroad D. D. McNicoll , Nick Leys , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 June 2004; (p. 15)
Venus in Transit John Banville , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 12 October vol. 108 no. 41 2003; (p. 11)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
One Book a Week 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 November 2003; (p. 10)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Out of the Worldwide Blaze Thomas Mallon , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Financial Review , 21 November 2003; (p. 10)

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Patchy Work With Hollow Cast of Players Neil Jillett , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 November 2003; (p. 6)

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Patchwork of Ambition on a Shaky Bed Neil Jillett , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 November 2003; (p. 5) Creme de la Phlegm : Unforgettable Australian Reviews 2006; (p. 391-394)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
A Novel Choice for an Australian Christmas Dorothy Johnston , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 December 2003; (p. 4a)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Connecting in the Aftermath of War Helen Elliott , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 December 2003; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Love in a Time of Fragile Peace Peter Craven , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 January 2004; (p. 21)

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Hazard on Fire Katharine England , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 January 2004; (p. 13)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Hearts Aflame Deborah Bogle , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 January vol. 122 no. 6405 2004; (p. 68)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Changelings Margaret Walters , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 14 November no. 5250 2003; (p. 22)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
The Contingent Life Brenda Niall , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 258 2004; (p. 32-33)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Unities and Proprieties Jamie Grant , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 48 no. 6 2004; (p. 92)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 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.
Hazzard Lives a World of Words Jason Steger , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 10 July 2004; (p. 2-3)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Filling in the Space Dan Donahoo , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , November vol. 14 no. 9 2004; (p. 42)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Imagined Futures, Intimate Pasts Rachael Weaver , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 177 2004; (p. 93-95)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel ; The Last Love Story : A Fairytale of the Day After Tomorrow Rodney Hall 2004 single work novel
A Tale of Dislocation Rachel Slater , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 179 2005; (p. 83-84)

— Review of The Great Fire Shirley Hazzard 2003 single work novel
Love's Slow Burn Desmond O'Grady , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 November 2003; (p. 8-9)
US Fiction Award for Australian-Born Author 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 November 2003; (p. 4)
Orange for Girls Joan London , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 March 2004; (p. 6)
Literary Names Give Award Fresh Life James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 April 2004; (p. 15)
War and Peace and Fire in her Blood Valerie Lawson , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 June 2004; (p. 9)
'Ashamed' Perfectionist Wins Miles Franklin James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 June 2004; (p. 3)
And the Winner is .... Abroad D. D. McNicoll , Nick Leys , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 June 2004; (p. 15)
Literal Search for Truth Jane Cornwall , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 June 2004; (p. 19)
Author's Passion for Love Stoked the Great Fire Shaunagh O'Connor , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 18 June 2004; (p. 1)
Time Pays Off for a Novel that Took 20 Years Jason Steger , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 18 June 2004; (p. 3)
The Fire Within Jason Steger , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 18 June 2004; (p. 4)
Hazzard Country Valerie Lawson , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 June 2004; (p. 31)
Lawson traces Hazzard's early life in Australia and her on-going relocations overseas, particularly in Italy and New Zealand.
Shirley Hazzard in Naples John Slavin , 2004 single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 263 2004; (p. 9-10)
Hazzard Ahead for Aussies Russell Wenholz , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 10 October 2004; (p. 19)
Brenda Niall on Being Misreported Brenda Niall , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 265 2004; (p. 5)
The Enigma of Arrival John Freeman , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 June 2005; (p. 8-9)
Duchess of Hazzard Jane Sullivan , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 2 July 2005; (p. 3)
Second Look Peter Craven , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 21 August 2005; (p. 18)
Visual Art and Bourgeois Forms in Shirley Hazzard's Fiction Brigitta Olubas , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 68 no. 1 2008; (p. 13-23)
Anachronism, Ekphrasis and the 'Shape of Time' in The Great Fire Brigitta Olubas , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 23 no. 3 2008; (p. 279-289)
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    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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