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y Fly Away Peter single work   novella   war literature  
Alternative title: The Bread of Time to Come
  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
First known date: 1982 Fly Away Peter Issue Details: First known date: 1982... 1982
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'For three very different people brought together by their love for birds, life on the Queensland coast in 1914 is the timeless and idyllic world of sandpipers, ibises and kingfishers. In another hemisphere civilization rushes headlong into a brutal conflict. Life there is lived from moment to moment. Inevitably, the two young men - sanctuary owner and employee - are drawn to the war, and into the mud and horror of the trenches of Armentieres. Alone on the beach, their friend Imogen, the middle-aged wildlife photographer, must acknowledge for all three of them that the past cannot be held.' (Source: Publisher's website)

Adaptations

Fly Away Peter Pierce Wilcox , 2015 single work musical theatre opera

'David Malouf’s novel Fly Away Peter is a contemporary classic. Elliott Gyger is an Australian composer at the height of his powers. They return to World War One in this centenary year to create a profound new contribution to Australian opera, with a libretto by SCO’s Pierce Wilcox.

'Jim Saddler is a visionary young birdwatcher thrust into the nightmare of the Western Front. Fly Away Peter travels from a land of life to a panorama of horror through Jim’s voice of delicate insight.

'This is a story of the Australian spirit that begins at peace, builds into tragedy, and ends in transcendence.' (Production summary)

Notes

  • Fly Away Peter was first published in 1981 as The Bread of Time to Come, with another novella, Child's Play.The title was later changed.
  • Study guides available (including video recordings).
  • Adapted for the 1998 ballet 1914 presented by the Australian Ballet. Choreography by Stephen Baynes.
  • Dedication: For Elizabeth Riddell.
  • Epigraphs:
    Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If it is not true that a divine creature fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head. (G. K. Chesterton)
    Here is the bread of time to come,/ Here is the actual stone. The bread/ Will be out [sic] bread, the stone will be/ Our bed and we shall sleep by night./ We shall forget by day, except/ The moment when we choose to play/ The imagined pine, the imagined jay. (Wallace Stevens)
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording, large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Child's Play / The Bread of Time to Come : Two Novellas David Malouf , New York (City) : George Braziller , 1981 Z59574 1981 selected work novella New York (City) : George Braziller , 1981 pg. 148-282
    Note: With title: The Bread of Time to Come.
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      Chatto and Windus ,
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      Extent: 134p.
      Reprinted: 1993 Collected ed.
      ISBN: 0701161175
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1983 .
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      Extent: 133p.
      Reprinted: 1987
      ISBN: 014007015X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Vintage ,
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      Extent: 134p.
      ISBN: 0679776702
    • London,
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      Vintage ,
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      Extent: 134p.
      ISBN: 0099273829
Alternative title: Fei Qu Ba, Bide
Language: Chinese

Works about this Work

'The Whole Landscape Dazzling and Shrilling' : Soundscapes of War and Peace in David Malouf's Fly Away Peter Fiona Richards , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 75 no. 3 2016; (p. 155-168)
A Tale Takes Wing David Malouf , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 April 2015; (p. 12-13)
David Malouf and the Poetics of Possibility Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;

'The essay addresses the poetic dimension of David Malouf's novels, suggesting that a poetics of possibility can be found in all his work. The poetics of possibility is a function both of Malouf’s thematic interest in the future and of his use of poetic language to draw the reader to imagine various kinds of ways of experiencing and knowing the world. The essay draws upon the philosophy of Ernst Bloch to illuminate the utopian dimension of Malouf’s work, whether in seeing the radiance of possibility in simple objects, the silent ‘presence’ at the centre of language, or the possibility of a different kind of future that Australian society might have experienced.' (Publication abstract)

Nostalgia for the Nation? The First World War in Australian Novels of the 1970s and 1980s Christina Spittel , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Great War in Post-Memory Literature and Film 2014; (p. 255-272)
'Renamed and Then Named Again' : Narration and Creation in David Malouf's Fly Away Peter Eleonora Goi , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Tapestry of the Creative Word in Anglophone Literatures 2013; (p. 87-95)
'An internationally acclaimed poet and novelist, David Malouf is considered one of the most significant contemporary Australian writers. His works have often been analysed taking into consideration his lyrical use of language and his concern with Australian history and myths, especially in the case of his most famous novel An Imaginary Life. In my essay I would like to investigate and analyse the role of the creative word in David Malouf's fiction, focusing on his novel Fly Away Peter. (88)
Zhan zheng zhong Sheng ming De Jiazhi - Ping Maluofu zhu, Ouyang Yu Yi De Fei qu ba, Bi de Zhizhang Zhang , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Otherland , no. 1 1995; (p. 184-189)

— Review of Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
Of Birds, War - and Terrorism Patricia Rolfe , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 October vol. 102 no. 5336 1982; (p. 98-99)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella ; Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
A Living Landscape Paul Sharrad , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , July no. 1 1983; (p. 54-58)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella ; Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
Poets and Their Novels Jim Tulip , 1983 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 43 no. 1 1983; (p. 113-118)

— Review of Child's Play David Malouf 1981 single work novella ; Just Relations Rodney Hall 1982 single work novel ; Slipstream Roger McDonald 1982 single work novel ; The Birthday Gift : a novel Thomas Shapcott 1982 single work novel ; The Terms Jennifer Maiden 1982 single work novel ; Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
A New Insight into the Novella Helen Garner , 1982 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 12-18 September 1982; (p. 23)

— Review of Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
'The Country We Might Have Been' : The Experience of War in Canadian and Australian Literature Geoffrey V. Davis , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crabtracks : Progress and Process in Teaching the New Literatures in English : Essays in Honour of Dieter Riemenschneider 2002; (p. 283-304)
Queensland Literature : Is It Different? Garry Winter , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 3 1987; (p. 45-51)
Vola Gigino? Translating David Malouf's Novels into Italian Franca Cavagnoli , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 73-78)
Zhan zheng zhong Sheng ming De Jiazhi - Ping Maluofu zhu, Ouyang Yu Yi De Fei qu ba, Bi de Zhizhang Zhang , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Otherland , no. 1 1995; (p. 184-189)

— Review of Fly Away Peter David Malouf 1982 single work novella
y David Malouf's Fly Away Peter Leonie Keaney , Mentone : Insight Publications , 1998 Z1185804 1998 single work criticism young adult
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