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  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009
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'With learning worn lightly and in his own lyrical language, David Malouf revisits Homer's Iliad. Focusing on the unbreakable bonds between men - Priam and Hector, Patroclus and Achilles, Priam and the cart-driver hired to retrieve Hector's body. Pride, grief, brutality, love and neighbourliness are explored.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • A brief review by Alberto Manguel of the novel appears in the section 'Books of the Year', Times Literary Supplement, 27 November, 2009, p.13
  • Other formats: Electronic resource; sound recording; braille;

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Knopf Australia , 2009 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 9781741668377 (hbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Chatto and Windus , 2009 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 0701184159 (hbk.), 9780701184155 (hbk.)
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Books , 2010 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 9781741669657 (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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      Pantheon Books , 2010 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 9780307378774 (hbk.), 0307378772
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Vintage Books , 2010 .
      1016436927626080675.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 9780099539520 (pbk.)
Alternative title: lo sono Achille
Language: Italian
    • Milan,
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      Italy,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Frassinelli , 2010 .
      Extent: 217p.
      ISBN: 9788888320618

Works about this Work

The 'Poem of Force' in Australia: David Malouf, Ransom and Chloe Hooper, The Tall Man Margaret Reynolds , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ancient Greek Myth in World Fiction since 1989 2016; (p. 195-209)
y David Malouf's Ransom and Director Clint Eastwood's Invictus Claire Warr , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2016 10102807 2016 single work criticism
Austalgia : Our Homesickness for the Past Jim Chalmers , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 74 no. 3 2015; (p. 206-209)
A World of Feeling : David Malouf and the Public Conversation Kay Ferres , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;
'This paper is concerned with David Malouf's role as a public intellectual, commenting on contemporary life and values. It considers how he has accrued cultural authority and how he has connected with a 'true public'. It draws on the work of Mark Kingwell and Stefan Collini to characterise Malouf's distinctive voice.' (Publication abstract)
‘Only We Humans Can Know’ : David Malouf and War Clare Rhoden , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;

'In 'The Middle Parts of Fortune' (1929)—perhaps the best narrative of the Great War—Australian author Frederic Manning asserted that ‘there was nothing in war which was not in human nature’ (128). Eighty years after Manning, in 'Ransom' (2009), Malouf returns to the classical world to give us an emotive, complex consideration of the events which provide the basis for Western civilisation’s oldest surviving war narrative, 'The Iliad'.

''Ransom' is not Malouf’s first exploration of war, though it marks a movement into a mythic rather than a liberal, realist interpretation. Through 'Fly Away Peter' (1982) and 'The Great World' (1990), we can trace Malouf’s multilayered exploration of the place of war in both individual story and cultural history. In particular, Malouf explores the ways in which war is both shocking and ordinary, delivering a complex appreciation of this recurring aspect of human experience.' (Publication abstract)

Book of the Week Thornton McCamish , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 29 March 2009; (p. 28)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Or Wars, Kings, Fathers and Sons A. P. Riemer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 March 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
A King Simply Being a Man Rod Jones , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 March 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Malouf the Master of Imaginary Lives Alberto Manguel , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , April vol. 4 no. 3 2009; (p. 9)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Celebrating an Ancient Tale for the Ages Diane Stubbings , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 April 2009; (p. 13)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Is Malouf Playing Politics? Jason Steger , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 13 September 2008; (p. 29)
A column canvassing current literary news including a brief report on the decision by David Malouf to publish his novel Ransom through Random House Australia rather than continue his previous practice of publishing his novels through Chatto and Windus, UK. Steger also comments briefly on Kimberley Freeman's win in the 2008 Romantic Book of the Year awards.
Remembering Troy Bron Sibree , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 March 2009; (p. 12)
The Logic of Dreams Miriam Cosic , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 March 2009; (p. 8-9)
Troy Revisited : Homer's Iliad and David Malouf's Ransom Peter Conrad , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 45 2009; (p. 48-53)
The proposition is a simple as the first verse of Genesis, and marginally more believable: in the beginning, Homer invented literature. He did so - if, that is, he was a single person - dualistically, in two poems that look ahead to different literary futures. The Iliad is our primordial epic, celebrating heroic violence and the glory of combat. The Odyssey, which begins when the war in Troy is over and follows its wily, wayward protagonist on his journey home to Ithaca, begets the alternative genre of romance, a form not end-stopped by death like the epic but open to accident and adventure, free to go on exploring indefinitely. Writers ever since have added footnotes to Homer, whether cynically summarising the Trojan War as a lecherous farce, like Shakespeare in Troilus and Cressida, or cramming Odyseus's decade-long tour of the Mediterranean into a single day in Dublin, as Joyce did in Ulyssses.
A Body of Work Shannon Burns (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , August no. 354 2009; (p. 8)
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