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y Johnno : A Novel single work   novel  
  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1975... 1975
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'Dante and Johnno are unlikely childhood friends, growing up in the bustle of steamy, wartime Brisbane. Later, as teenagers, they learn about love and life amidst the city's pubs and public libraries, backyards and brothels, Moreton Bay figs and tennis parties. As adults, they make the great pilgrimage overseas and maintain an uneasy friendship as they seek to build their lives.

'An affectionate and bittersweet portrait, Johnno brilliantly recreates the sleazy, tropical half-city that was Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian dream.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin).

Adaptations

y Johnno Nick Enright , 1987 7338753 1987 single work screenplay

A screenplay based on David Malouf's novel. There is no indication of this screenplay's having been produced.

Johnno Stephen Edwards , 2006 single work drama

Stage adaptation of David Malouf's novel.

Notes

  • Dedication: for Carlo Olivieri.
  • Epigraph: 'I have great comfort from this fellow. Methinks he hath no drowning mark upon him; his complexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good Fate, to his hanging! Make the rope of his destiny our cable, for our own doth little advantage. If he be not born to be hanged, our case is miserable.' (Shakespeare)
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 1998 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Preface to the 1998 Anniversary Edition, David Malouf , 1975 single work essay

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

David Malouf and the Go-Betweens Nikki Lusk , single work column

'Nikki Lusk chooses apt soundtracks for classic Australian literature. Here she pairs David Malouf's Johnno with the Go-Betweens' 16 Lovers Lane'

Malouf's Invisible City : The Intertwining of Place and Identity in David Malouf's Johnno Suzie Gibson , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , vol. 22 no. 1 2015; (p. 85-95)

'By the time poet David Malouf wrote Johnno (1976), his first work of prose fiction, he was in his late thirties and living in the Renaissance city of Florence. Both European Florence and antipodean Brisbane mirror and enfold the novel's eponymous hero, Johnno, and his narrator-creator, Dante. The Florentine poet, and by extension his medieval trappings, resonate throughout a tale about growing up in a frontier town far removed from the cosmopolitan centres of the Northern Hemisphere. This Italian connection can be explored further by considering Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities (1997) alongside Johnno. The depiction of Venice in Calvino's novel can operate as a point of contrast and comparison to the river city of Brisbane, conjured by Malouf's Dante. (Publication abstract)

On Stealing Books : A Guilty Memoir Anonymous , 2014 single work prose
— Appears in: One Page : Brisbane , February/March vol. 1 no. 2/3 2014; (p. 5-6)
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)

Malouf's Lyrical Tale of a Larrikin Hero Just the First of Many Wonders Peter Craven , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 March 2014; (p. 18)

'The master of small effects brings an intensity and focus to every word of his haunting fiction.'

Untitled Graeme Turner , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet , January - February vol. 4 no. 1 1985; (p. 3)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel
The Queenslanders Thea Astley , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 28 June-3 July 1976; (p. 23)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel ; A Place Among People Rodney Hall 1975 single work novel ; The Queenslander Robert Macklin 1975 single work novel
Kev. and Davie and Johnno Jim Tulip , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 19 no. 3 1975; (p. 95-96)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel
On the Occasion of Reading Seven Australian Book Length Pieces of Fiction (at least) Garrie Hutchinson , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: Makar , December vol. 11 no. 3 1975; (p. 42-51)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel ; A Place Among People Rodney Hall 1975 single work novel ; The Short Story Embassy : a novel Michael Wilding 1975 single work novel ; The West Midland Underground : stories Michael Wilding 1975 selected work short story ; Tamarisk Row Gerald Murnane 1974 single work novel ; A Collapsible Man Laurie Clancy 1975 single work novel ; Contemporary Portraits and Other Stories Murray Bail 1975 selected work short story
New Modes in Fiction David Gilbey , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 36 no. 4 1976; (p. 442-459)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel ; The Short Story Embassy : a novel Michael Wilding 1975 single work novel ; Living Together Michael Wilding 1974 single work novel ; The Electrical Experience : A Discontinuous Narrative Frank Moorhouse 1974 selected work short story ; A Kindness Cup Thea Astley 1974 single work novel ; Wrappings Vicki Viidikas 1974 selected work short story
BookMarks 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 April 2003; (p. 6)
Queensland Literature : Is It Different? Garry Winter , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 3 1987; (p. 45-51)
Democracy? Not Likely, Says Council Rosemary Sorensen , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 April 2004; (p. 1, 8)
City May Prove Big Enough for a Tale of Two Books Rosemary Sorensen , Chris Griffith , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 April 2004; (p. 3)
Anger at Book Poll Vincent Le Plastrier , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 April 2004; (p. 14)
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