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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,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      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),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Pantheon Books , 2010 .
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 9780307378774 (hbk.), 0307378772
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Vintage Books , 2010 .
      1016436927626080675.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 224p.
      ISBN: 9780099539520 (pbk.)
Alternative title: lo sono Achille
Language: Italian
    • Milan,
      c
      Italy,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Frassinelli , 2010 .
      Extent: 217p.
      ISBN: 9788888320618

Works about this Work

y David Malouf's Ransom and Director Clint Eastwood's Invictus Claire Warr , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2016 10102807 2016 single work criticism
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)
Austalgia : Our Homesickness for the Past Jim Chalmers , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 74 no. 3 2015; (p. 206-209)
‘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)

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)
Telling Stories at the Permeable Borders of the Human in David Malouf's Ransom Yvonne Smith , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: What is the Human? : Australian Voices from the Humanities 2012; (p. 154-169)
Time for the Timeless Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 January 2012; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel ; The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel ; Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel ; Caleb's Crossing : A Novel Geraldine Brooks 2011 single work novel ; Bereft Chris Womersley 2010 single work novel ; Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel ; That Deadman Dance Kim Scott 2010 single work novel ; The Secret River Kate Grenville 2005 single work novel ; The Lieutenant Kate Grenville 2008 single work novel ; Sarah Thornhill Kate Grenville 2011 single work novel ; The Ballad of Desmond Kale Roger McDonald 2005 single work novel ; Mr Darwin's Shooter Roger McDonald 1998 single work novel
Young Quills Join Malouf in Mix for IMPAC Glory Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 April 2011; (p. 7)
Australia más cerca Nicholas Birns , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: El país , 7 May 2011;
La literatura de un país hecho con partes de todo el mundo protagoniza un fenómeno global y multilateral. Escritores de prestigio cuyas obras han alcanzado un registro intelectual posmoderno. España empieza a conocer más este nuevo territorio literario. [Spain gets to know a little better the new terrain of Australian literature, which is both postmodern and transnational. - Translation]
Singing it Anew : David Malouf's Ransom Bernadette Brennan , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-12)
'In 2009 David Malouf's Ransom was published to great critical and popular acclaim. Ransom presents itself very simply as a beautiful story about (among other things) loss, love, vulnerability and storytelling. But what does it mean to talk about the beautiful in writing? Etienne Gilson argues that writing is a making before it is a knowing or willing, so its primary concern is not a truth to be known or a good to be willed. Its primary concern is beauty. This paper explores how the beautiful operates in, and structures, Ransom.' (Author's abstract)
'These Unnecessary Things' Sarah Kanowski (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 126 2011; (p. 79-87)
The Sea Has Many Voices : The Fluid Mother-Goddess World in David Malouf's 'Ransom' Antonella Riem Natale , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 9 2011; (p. 95-119)
This paper draws on the critical approach implemented by the Partnership Studies Group (PSG, University of Udine), which applies Riane Eisler's partnership model to literary texts and focuses on the values of caring, empathy and creativity, often stereotypically described as 'feminine', in David Malouf's novel Ransom (2009). I will illustrate how in Ransom Malouf talks about men, violence and death while gracefully revealing a more sensitive, sensible and different approach to life, which adds a partnership dimension, tied to a Goddess figure, to Homer's story of war, pride and grief, and goes beyond the epistimological violence of 'dominator' systems. This more equitable mode of living is one of the fundamental tenets of Malouf's work. [Author's abstract]
David Malouf e i classici Renato Oniga , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 9 2011; (p. 120-148)
The paper analyses the sources used by Australian writer David Malouf and hypothesises the presence of some classical literary models which have not been investigated so far. In the novel An Imaginary Life (1978) we can identify themes from Ovid's Epistulae ex Ponto, in particular as regards the process of reconciliation of the protagonist with the inhabitants of Tomi. In his latest novel Ransom (2009), it is possible to trace the influence of Ennius' tragedy Hectoris Lytra and, through the pathos of the Latin theatre, we get as far as Shakespeare. More specifically, the character of Somax, the carter, shows the relevance of Latin 'tragi-comedy' as an influence highlighting the values of classical humanitas. [Author's abstract]
Achilles, Celebrity Recluse Grant Farred , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: PMLA , October vol. 126 no. 4 2011; (p. 1102-1109)
y David Malouf's Ransom Insight Text Guides – Ransom Yvonne Smith , Elsternwick : Insight Publications , 2010 6897760 2010 single work criticism

'Text guide with detailed analysis of plots, characters and theme of David Malouf's Ransom. ' (Source: Libraries Australia)

y Ransom : David Malouf Kay Perry , Carlton South : NEAP , 2010 8197222 2010 single work criticism
Troy Story Steve Coates , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 24 January vol. 115 no. 4 2010; (p. 11)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Untitled Joy Lawn , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 24 no. 1 2010; (p. 64-65)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
A Subtle Revisioning of an Ancient Epic Nicholas Dunlop , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 24 no. 1 2010; (p. 111-112)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Untitled Nicholas Birns , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 24 2010; (p. 173-177)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
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
Well Read Katharine England , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 April 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
In Homer's Footnotes Geordie Williamson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 April 2009; (p. 12)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
The Very Edge of Things Peter Rose , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 311 2009; (p. 7-8)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Untitled Angela Meyer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , April vol. 88 no. 7 2009; (p. 26)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
This Year's Work in Fiction 2008-2009 Susan Midalia , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 54 no. 1 2009; (p. 51-64)

— Review of The Pages Murray Bail 2008 single work novel ; The Lieutenant Kate Grenville 2008 single work novel ; The Spare Room Helen Garner 2008 single work novel ; The Anatomy of Wings Karen Foxlee 2006 single work novel ; Boy On A Wire Jon Doust 2009 single work novel ; The Sinkings Amanda Curtin 2008 single work novel ; Bird Sophie Cunningham 2008 single work novel ; One Foot Wrong Sofie Laguna 2008 single work novel ; Avenue of Eternal Peace Nicholas Jose 1989 single work novel ; Life in Seven Mistakes Susan Johnson 2008 single work novel ; The Steele Diaries Wendy James 2008 single work novel ; Butterfly Sonya Hartnett 2009 single work novel ; Dissection Jacinta Halloran 2007 single work novel ; Fugitive Blue Claire Thomas 2008 single work novel ; Sweet Tracy Ryan 2008 single work novel ; The Virtuoso Sonia Orchard 2009 single work novel ; Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel ; The Good Parents Joan London 2008 single work novel ; Vertigo : A Pastoral Amanda Lohrey 2008 single work novella ; The Boat Nam Le 2008 selected work short story ; New Australian Stories 2009 anthology short story ; The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel
Beauty's Clear, Round Eye Yvonne Smith , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , no. 4 2009;

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Gifts from the Gods Edmund Gordon , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 20 November no. 5564 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Priam Suspect Tom Holland , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 19 December 2009; (p. 16)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Holland posits that 'it takes a special kind of foolhardiness to go head to head with Homer' and that Malouf's work disappoints as 'neither true enough to Homer, nor sufficiently untrue to him either'.
Troy Story Steve Coates , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 24 January vol. 115 no. 4 2010; (p. 11)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Untitled Joy Lawn , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 24 no. 1 2010; (p. 64-65)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
A Subtle Revisioning of an Ancient Epic Nicholas Dunlop , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 24 no. 1 2010; (p. 111-112)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Untitled Nicholas Birns , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 24 2010; (p. 173-177)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Fiction Books Graham Clark , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 April 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel
Time for the Timeless Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 January 2012; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel ; Autumn Laing Alex Miller 2011 single work novel ; The Slap Christos Tsiolkas 2008 single work novel ; Ransom David Malouf 2009 single work novel ; Caleb's Crossing : A Novel Geraldine Brooks 2011 single work novel ; Bereft Chris Womersley 2010 single work novel ; Cloudstreet Tim Winton 1991 single work novel ; That Deadman Dance Kim Scott 2010 single work novel ; The Secret River Kate Grenville 2005 single work novel ; The Lieutenant Kate Grenville 2008 single work novel ; Sarah Thornhill Kate Grenville 2011 single work novel ; The Ballad of Desmond Kale Roger McDonald 2005 single work novel ; Mr Darwin's Shooter Roger McDonald 1998 single work novel
Untitled Antonella Riem Natale , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 8 2010; (p. 88-96)

— 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)
The Interview : David Malouf Shannon Burns (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Wet Ink , December no. 17 2009; (p. 28-31)
Young Quills Join Malouf in Mix for IMPAC Glory Stephen Romei , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 April 2011; (p. 7)
Australia más cerca Nicholas Birns , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: El país , 7 May 2011;
La literatura de un país hecho con partes de todo el mundo protagoniza un fenómeno global y multilateral. Escritores de prestigio cuyas obras han alcanzado un registro intelectual posmoderno. España empieza a conocer más este nuevo territorio literario. [Spain gets to know a little better the new terrain of Australian literature, which is both postmodern and transnational. - Translation]
Singing it Anew : David Malouf's Ransom Bernadette Brennan , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , Special Issue vol. 11 no. 1 2011; (p. 1-12)
'In 2009 David Malouf's Ransom was published to great critical and popular acclaim. Ransom presents itself very simply as a beautiful story about (among other things) loss, love, vulnerability and storytelling. But what does it mean to talk about the beautiful in writing? Etienne Gilson argues that writing is a making before it is a knowing or willing, so its primary concern is not a truth to be known or a good to be willed. Its primary concern is beauty. This paper explores how the beautiful operates in, and structures, Ransom.' (Author's abstract)
'These Unnecessary Things' Sarah Kanowski (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Island , Spring no. 126 2011; (p. 79-87)
The Sea Has Many Voices : The Fluid Mother-Goddess World in David Malouf's 'Ransom' Antonella Riem Natale , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 9 2011; (p. 95-119)
This paper draws on the critical approach implemented by the Partnership Studies Group (PSG, University of Udine), which applies Riane Eisler's partnership model to literary texts and focuses on the values of caring, empathy and creativity, often stereotypically described as 'feminine', in David Malouf's novel Ransom (2009). I will illustrate how in Ransom Malouf talks about men, violence and death while gracefully revealing a more sensitive, sensible and different approach to life, which adds a partnership dimension, tied to a Goddess figure, to Homer's story of war, pride and grief, and goes beyond the epistimological violence of 'dominator' systems. This more equitable mode of living is one of the fundamental tenets of Malouf's work. [Author's abstract]
David Malouf e i classici Renato Oniga , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 9 2011; (p. 120-148)
The paper analyses the sources used by Australian writer David Malouf and hypothesises the presence of some classical literary models which have not been investigated so far. In the novel An Imaginary Life (1978) we can identify themes from Ovid's Epistulae ex Ponto, in particular as regards the process of reconciliation of the protagonist with the inhabitants of Tomi. In his latest novel Ransom (2009), it is possible to trace the influence of Ennius' tragedy Hectoris Lytra and, through the pathos of the Latin theatre, we get as far as Shakespeare. More specifically, the character of Somax, the carter, shows the relevance of Latin 'tragi-comedy' as an influence highlighting the values of classical humanitas. [Author's abstract]
Achilles, Celebrity Recluse Grant Farred , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: PMLA , October vol. 126 no. 4 2011; (p. 1102-1109)
Telling Stories at the Permeable Borders of the Human in David Malouf's Ransom Yvonne Smith , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: What is the Human? : Australian Voices from the Humanities 2012; (p. 154-169)
y David Malouf's Ransom Insight Text Guides – Ransom Yvonne Smith , Elsternwick : Insight Publications , 2010 6897760 2010 single work criticism

'Text guide with detailed analysis of plots, characters and theme of David Malouf's Ransom. ' (Source: Libraries Australia)

‘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)

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)
y Ransom : David Malouf Kay Perry , Carlton South : NEAP , 2010 8197222 2010 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)
y David Malouf's Ransom and Director Clint Eastwood's Invictus Claire Warr , Cheltenham : Insight Publications , 2016 10102807 2016 single work criticism
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