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'Sitting in a New York park, an old man holds a book and tries to accept that his contribution to the future is over. Instead, he remembers a youthful yearning for open horizons, for Australia, a yearning he now knows inspired his life as a writer. Instinctively he picks up his pen and starts at the beginning . . .

'At twenty-one years, Robert Croft leaves his broken dreams in Far North Queensland, finally stopping in Melbourne almost destitute. It's there he begins to understand how books and writing might be the saving of him. They will be how he leaves his mark on the world. He also begins to understand how many obstacles there will be to thwart his ambition. When Robert is introduced to Lena Soren, beautiful, rich and educated, his life takes a very different path. But in the intimacy of their connection lies an unknowability that both torments and tantalises as Robert and Lena long for something that neither can provide for the other. In a rich blend of thoughtful and beautifully observed writing, the lives of a husband and wife are laid bare in their passionate struggle to engage with their individual creativity.'

source: Publisher's blurb.

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  •  Dedication: for Stephanie

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2017 .
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      Extent: 600p.
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      • Published November 2017.

      ISBN: 9781760297343
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Europa Editions ,
      2018 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781609454654 (ebk), 1609454650 (ebk)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2019 .
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      Extent: 600 p.p.
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      • Published September 2019.

      ISBN: 9781760529888 (pbk)
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Allen and Unwin ,
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      Extent: 585p.
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      • Published: 7th March 2019
      ISBN: 9781760630676

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Works about this Work

A Registering of Transformations : Alex Miller’s The Passage Of Love Nicholas Birns , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 20 no. 2 2020;

'This essay discusses Alex Miller’s most recent novel, The passage of Love, (2017) in the light of the conspectus on Miller’s work offered by Robert Dixon’s 2014 study of Miller, The Ruin of Time. Despite Miller and Dixon having relatively different intellectual stances, Dixon has brought to bear both theoretical platforms and a deep immersion in Australian literary and cultural history to analyze Miller's work. This essay tries to continue in that tradition, analyzing Miller’s practice of the originally French genre of autofiction and the way this practice is tied in with a set of ethical dilemmas related to the registering of post-Holocaust and post-Mabo trauma as well as his own experience and those of his friends and lovers. In discussing how Miller’s surrogate, Robert Crofts, tries as a migrant from Britain to make a life for himself on an Australian continent with its own tragic history, the essay analyzes how Miller's practice of autofiction speaks to the particular circumstances of Australian literature within world literary space. ' (Publication abstract)

The Vessel of Robert Crofts: Autobiographical Fiction as a Palimpsest Jennifer Popa , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 33 no. 1 2019; (p. 174-176)

— Review of The Passage of Love Alex Miller , 2017 single work novel

'The Passage of Love opens with first-person modern-day Robert Crofts, who at the end of his career as a writer is struggling to find the creative impulse for his next book. He visits a women's prison to give a talk and is captivated by a particular inmate who explains his previous work to him, saying, "I thought he was explaining himself to his mother as a way of explaining himself to himself" (12). This is an on-ramp to what the bulk of the novel will grapple with: Robert Crofts telling himself his own story.' (Introduction)

Alex Miller Evokes Lost Melbourne and Past Loves in 'private and Personal' Novel Brigid Delaney , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 13 December 2017;

'Award-winning Australian author on the inspiration for The Passage of Love and the challenges of autobiographical fiction.'

All Of It Stephen Romei , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 November 2017; (p. 18)

'Alex Miller has written a 600-page autobiographical novel. He hopes no one has a problem with that, as he tells Stephen Romei.' (Introduction)

Inventing Faust : Alex Miller's Autobiographical New Novel Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 23-24)

— Review of The Passage of Love Alex Miller , 2017 single work novel

'Every author has some version of origin story: a narrative describing what it was that first compelled him or her to write, or at least what attracted them to the role. You can hear the tale harden into myth as an emerging author shapes themselves to those obligatory rubrics of self-disclosure required by writers’ festivals. Sometimes the transition from would-be novelist or short story writer is so smooth as to be seamless, an osmotic passage from student of literature to practitioner. These are more likely to be authors already inculcated with the requisite cultural confidence and tutored intelligence of their caste. The children of the creative classes are those who are born to write, as others are born to rule.' (Introduction)

Inventing Faust : Alex Miller's Autobiographical New Novel Geordie Williamson , 2017 single work single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 396 2017; (p. 23-24)

— Review of The Passage of Love Alex Miller , 2017 single work novel

'Every author has some version of origin story: a narrative describing what it was that first compelled him or her to write, or at least what attracted them to the role. You can hear the tale harden into myth as an emerging author shapes themselves to those obligatory rubrics of self-disclosure required by writers’ festivals. Sometimes the transition from would-be novelist or short story writer is so smooth as to be seamless, an osmotic passage from student of literature to practitioner. These are more likely to be authors already inculcated with the requisite cultural confidence and tutored intelligence of their caste. The children of the creative classes are those who are born to write, as others are born to rule.' (Introduction)

The Vessel of Robert Crofts: Autobiographical Fiction as a Palimpsest Jennifer Popa , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 33 no. 1 2019; (p. 174-176)

— Review of The Passage of Love Alex Miller , 2017 single work novel

'The Passage of Love opens with first-person modern-day Robert Crofts, who at the end of his career as a writer is struggling to find the creative impulse for his next book. He visits a women's prison to give a talk and is captivated by a particular inmate who explains his previous work to him, saying, "I thought he was explaining himself to his mother as a way of explaining himself to himself" (12). This is an on-ramp to what the bulk of the novel will grapple with: Robert Crofts telling himself his own story.' (Introduction)

All Of It Stephen Romei , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 November 2017; (p. 18)

'Alex Miller has written a 600-page autobiographical novel. He hopes no one has a problem with that, as he tells Stephen Romei.' (Introduction)

Alex Miller Evokes Lost Melbourne and Past Loves in 'private and Personal' Novel Brigid Delaney , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 13 December 2017;

'Award-winning Australian author on the inspiration for The Passage of Love and the challenges of autobiographical fiction.'

A Registering of Transformations : Alex Miller’s The Passage Of Love Nicholas Birns , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 20 no. 2 2020;

'This essay discusses Alex Miller’s most recent novel, The passage of Love, (2017) in the light of the conspectus on Miller’s work offered by Robert Dixon’s 2014 study of Miller, The Ruin of Time. Despite Miller and Dixon having relatively different intellectual stances, Dixon has brought to bear both theoretical platforms and a deep immersion in Australian literary and cultural history to analyze Miller's work. This essay tries to continue in that tradition, analyzing Miller’s practice of the originally French genre of autofiction and the way this practice is tied in with a set of ethical dilemmas related to the registering of post-Holocaust and post-Mabo trauma as well as his own experience and those of his friends and lovers. In discussing how Miller’s surrogate, Robert Crofts, tries as a migrant from Britain to make a life for himself on an Australian continent with its own tragic history, the essay analyzes how Miller's practice of autofiction speaks to the particular circumstances of Australian literature within world literary space. ' (Publication abstract)

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