AustLit logo
image of person or book cover 3344102823697752516.jpg
Image courtesy of publisher's website.
y separately published work icon The Last Man in Europe : A Novel single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 The Last Man in Europe : A Novel
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'April, 1947. In a run-down farmhouse on a remote Scottish island, George Orwell begins his last and greatest work: Nineteen Eighty-Four.

'Forty-four years old and suffering from the tuberculosis that within three winters will take his life, Orwell comes to see the book as his legacy – the culmination of a career spent fighting to preserve the freedoms which the wars and upheavals of the twentieth century have threatened. Completing the book is an urgent challenge, a race against death.

'In this illuminating novel, Dennis Glover masterfully explores the creation of Orwell’s classic work, which for millions of readers worldwide defined the twentieth century. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of a beloved British writer, The Last Man in Europe will change the way you understand Nineteen Eighty-Four.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2017 .
      image of person or book cover 3344102823697752516.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 296p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 3rd July 2017
         

      ISBN: 9781863959377, 9781925435665
    • Carlton, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2019 .
      image of person or book cover 7784250826586211865.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 304 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 5 March 2019.
      ISBN: 9781760640729 (pbk), 9781925435665 (ebook)

Works about this Work

Noted : The Last Man in Europe Frank Bongiorno , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , July no. 135 2017; (p. 64)
[Review Essay] The Last Man in Europe FL , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 22-28 July 2017;

'Eric Blair died for want of a typist. Self-exiled to a remote Scottish island and hollowed out by tuberculosis, he quailed at the prospect of typing a clean manuscript copy of his just-completed novel. Despite an SOS to his publishers, no typist eventuated. If he were to meet his end-of-1948 deadline, he’d have to do the job himself. And so he did, propped up in bed with the typewriter on a tea tray. But three days after typing “THE END”, Blair suffered his final collapse.' (Introduction)

Breathing Life Back into Orwell Barry Hill , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15 July 2017; (p. 18)

'The Last Man in Europe, a lean novel of artful mimicry, was the working title of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four before it was published in 1949. Melbourne writer and political adviser Dennis Glover seems to have absorbed all Orwell was and yearned to be by the time he came to the ordeal of his final, invalid years spent writing  that  last  word  on  our  political future.' (Introduction)

Breathing Life Back into Orwell Barry Hill , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15 July 2017; (p. 18)

'The Last Man in Europe, a lean novel of artful mimicry, was the working title of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four before it was published in 1949. Melbourne writer and political adviser Dennis Glover seems to have absorbed all Orwell was and yearned to be by the time he came to the ordeal of his final, invalid years spent writing  that  last  word  on  our  political future.' (Introduction)

[Review Essay] The Last Man in Europe FL , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 22-28 July 2017;

'Eric Blair died for want of a typist. Self-exiled to a remote Scottish island and hollowed out by tuberculosis, he quailed at the prospect of typing a clean manuscript copy of his just-completed novel. Despite an SOS to his publishers, no typist eventuated. If he were to meet his end-of-1948 deadline, he’d have to do the job himself. And so he did, propped up in bed with the typewriter on a tea tray. But three days after typing “THE END”, Blair suffered his final collapse.' (Introduction)

Noted : The Last Man in Europe Frank Bongiorno , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Monthly , July no. 135 2017; (p. 64)
Last amended 13 Jun 2019 08:34:37
Settings:
  • c
    Scotland,
    c
    c
    United Kingdom (UK),
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1947
Newspapers:
    Powered by Trove
    X