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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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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'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)

Poet's Corner Susan Wyndham , 2014 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 March 2014; (p. 26-31)

'Nearing 80, writer David Malouf continues to draw on his young self as inspiration for his work. He talks to Susan Wyndham.'

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.'

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)

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)
Colonising Time : Steven Carroll’s Reinvention of Suburbia Brigid Rooney , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 13 no. 2 2013;
'Suburbia is a familiar topos in Australian fiction. Its address to colonisation is mostly oblique, yielded through its focus on the inauthenticity and restlessness of a settler modernity typically sourced in the white Anglo culture of pre 1970s decades. Yet the actual suburbs of postwar Australia are multiplicitous and shifting, always in tension with the imagined terrain of fictional suburbia. My paper explores literary suburbs as constituted by a complex set of orientations towards the real and the imagined. It reads the ways that Steven Carroll’s fictional suburbia indexes real world localities, while simultaneously serving as locus for reinvention of the novel in Australia, through forms of interior consciousness and temporality affiliated with European models of literary modernism. In Spirit of Progress (2011), Carroll's narrative engages with classic Anglo-Australian suburbia as a representational field, working with and against the real of history, even as it mines the seam of suburbia as a site of both colonization and forgetting, and of longing and return.' (Author's abstract)
Australian Favourites 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 6 May 2012; (p. 18-19)
Readers' Choice : Tales of War, Convicts and the Deep Blue Sea 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2012; (p. 17)
Word on the Street 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 13 May 2012; (p. 17)
Establishing and Perpetuating the Anti- Suburban Tradition Nathanael O'Reilly , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Exploring Suburbia: The Suburbs in the Contemporary Australian Novel 2012; (p. 83-136)
The Silver Age of Fiction Peter Pierce , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 70 no. 4 2011; (p. 110-115)
Peter Pierce looks at contemporary Australian fiction to define Australia's 'Silver Age of Australian fiction' .
Portrayal of Librarians in Australian Creative Writing Australian Library Journal Michael Middleton , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian Library Journal , June vol. 60 no. 2 2011; (p. 144-154)
'An exploration is made of the ways in which librarians have been depicted in Australian creative writing. Reference is made to characters in novels, short stories, drama and poetry. With respect to novels, there is some consideration of characterisation and its relationship to plot.' Michael Middleton.
Engaging the Metaphorical City : Brisbane Male Fiction 1975-2007 Susan Carson , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sweat : The Subtropical Imaginary 2011; (p. 45-53)
'Brisbane writers and writing are increasingly represented as important to the city's identity as a site of urban cool, at least in marketing and public relations paradigms. It is therefore remarkable that recent Brisbane fiction clings strongly to a particular relationship to the climatic and built environment that is often located in the past and which seemingly turns away, or at least elides, the 'new' technologically-driven Brisbane. Literary Brisbane is often depicted in the context of nostalgia for the Brisbane that once was—a tropical, timbered, luxuriant city in which sex is associated with heat, and, in particular, sweat. In this writing sweat can produced by adrenaline or heat, but in particular, in Brisbane novels, it is the sweat of sex that characterises the literary city. Given that Brisbane is in fact a subtropical city, it is interesting that metaphors of a tropical climate and vegetation occur so frequently in Brisbane stories (and narratives set in other parts of the state) that writer Thea Astley was prompted at one point to remark that Queensland writing was in danger of developing into a tropical cliché.' Susan Carson.
A City in Its Own Write Phil Brown , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 6 - 12 May no. 733 2009; (p. 12-13)
An Imaginative Life : David Malouf Interviewed by Lee Spinks Lee Spinks (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: The Journal of Commonwealth Literature , vol. 44 no. 2 2009; (p. 5-14)
'An Imaginative Life: An Interview with David Malouf' presents a wide-ranging discussion of a number of Malouf's major works. Commencing with a consideration of Malouf's personal and artistic beginnings, the interview explores his own sense of his position as an Australian (and a regional Australian) writer, the thematic and stylistic development of his craft as a writer of prose, the development of his distinctive novelistic voice, the place of mythology and historical memory in his fiction, his sense of the relationship between landscape and language and the complex constitution of the character of the Australian settler located as it is between a residual fidelity to the Old World and its presence in a new and other place.
The Johnno Saga Katherine Barnes , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: Fryer Folios , January vol. 4 no. 1 2009; (p. 7-9)
Katherine Barnes explores the genesis of David Malouf's Johnno.
Adapting Australian Novels for the Stage : La Boite Theatre's Version of Last Drinks, Perfect Skin, and Johnno Joanne Tompkins , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 23 no. 3 2008; (p. 305-317)
The Resistance to Being (Em)Braced : Peter Carey's Jack Maggs and David Malouf's Johnno Jorg Heinke , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Embracing the Other : Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English 2008; (p. 205-225)
y Brightness under Our Shoes : The Redress of the Poetic Imagination in the Poetry and Prose of David Malouf, 1960-1982 Yvonne Smith , 2008 Z1604899 2008 single work thesis 'This study investigates the poetic foundation of David Malouf's poetry and prose published from 1960 to 1982. Its purpose is to extend reading strategies so that the nature of his poetic and its formative influence are more fully appreciated. Its thesis is that Malouf explores and tests with increasing confidence and daring a poetic imagination that he believes must meet the demands of the times. Malouf's work is placed in relation to Wallace Stevens' belief that the poetic imagination should "push back against the pressure of reality", a view discussed by Seamus Heaney in 'The Redress of Poetry'. Malouf's work shows the influence not only of Stevens but also Rilke and contemporary American poetry of "deep image". The Australian context of Malouf's work is considered in relation to Judith Wright's essay 'The Writer and the Crisis' and the poetry of Malouf's contemporaries. Details of the manuscript development of his first four novels show Malouf's steps towards a clearer representation of his holistic, post-romantic vision. His correspondence with the poet Judith Rodriguez provides useful insights into his purposes. Theories and research about brain functions, the nature of intelligence and learning provide an important international context in the 1960s and 1970s, given Malouf's interest in how meaning forms from perception and experience. The thesis offers a model of poetic learning that highlights the interplay of dialectically opposed ways of forming meaning and points to the importance for Malouf of holding diverse states of mind together through the poetic imaginary.' from Author's abstract http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/5139 sighted 14/7/2009
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
Dream Boy Frank Pike , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 9 April 1976; (p. 445)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel
Untitled John Hanrahan , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 187)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel
Untitled Sharyn Pearce , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 187)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel
Collector's Edition 1990 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , February vol. 69 no. 1001 1990; (p. 37)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel
Readable Account of Childhood Margaret Steinberger , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Newcastle Herald , 19 May 1990; (p. 14)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel ; The Innocent : Growing Up in Bondi in the 1920s and 1930s John Kingsmill 1990 single work autobiography
Second Thoughts Peter Craven , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 January 1997; (p. 6)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel
An Imprint that Has Made a Lasting Impression Peter Craven , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 23 January 1999; (p. 10)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel ; UQP : The Writer's Press 1948-1998 1998 anthology criticism biography poetry interview
Celebrate UQP Revisionism John Knight , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , January vol. 18 no. 1 1999; (p. 84-85)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel ; The Moment Made Marvellous : A Celebration of UQP Poetry 1998 anthology poetry ; Celebration of the Senses Eric Rolls 1984 selected work autobiography essay ; The Fat Man in History Peter Carey 1980 selected work short story
Mirrors and Backward Glances : Some Recent Autobiographical Novels Ray Ericksen , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 35 no. 3 1976; (p. 330-333)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel ; A Collapsible Man Laurie Clancy 1975 single work novel ; Tamarisk Row Gerald Murnane 1974 single work novel ; Early Promise D. R. Burns 1975 single work novel
Suburbia in Brisbane Judah Waten , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 April 1975; (p. 16)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf 1975 single work novel
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)
Anger at Book Poll Judith Feros , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 April 2004; (p. 14)
Anger at Book Poll Anthea Whitwell , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 April 2004; (p. 14)
Controversy Sells Books Heather Smith , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 April 2004; (p. 18)
One Book One Brisbane 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 February 2004; (p. 6)
Check This Out : You Can Take It As Read Neil Wiseman , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 June 2004; (p. 93)
One Book One Brisbane Sandra McLean (interviewer), 2004 single work interview
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 10 July 2004; (p. 7)
In 2004 two books were chosen for the One Book One Brisbane reading campaign.
Over the Top with Johnny (from : Editor at Large, a Work-in-progress) Craig Munro , 2004 extract autobiography
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 7 August 2004; (p. 6)
Johnno and The Girl Most Likely 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 July 2004; (p. 2-3)
Making Right or Wrong Choices Reg Anderson , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 July 2004; (p. 2)
A Home, a City, a Friend Natalie Seger , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27 July 2004; (p. 2-3)
Dante's Hero : The Anti-hero in David Malouf's Johnno S. D. Kamala , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Austral-Asian Encounters : From Literature and Women's Studies to Politics and Tourism 2003; (p. 164-170)
La creation en traduction litteraire : traduire David Malouf Marine Simplot , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Correspondances Oceaniennes , April vol. 3 no. 1 2004; (p. 22-23)
y Constructions of Home : The City as a Site of Spatial History and Post-Settler History in Four Commonwealth Novels Meredith Anna Criglington , Toronto : 2004 Z1246624 2004 single work thesis
Johnno and Some Other Social Misfits in Australian Literature 黄源深 , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Unique Literature : A Critical View of Australian Literary Works 1995; (p. 218-233)
Brisbane, We Hardly Knew You Andrew Fraser , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 July 2006; (p. 16-17)
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