AustLit logo
image of person or book cover 296025724322986097.jpg
Image courtesy of publisher's website.
y separately published work icon The Death of Noah Glass single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 The Death of Noah Glass
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

'The art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment block. His adult children, Martin and Evie, must come to terms with the shock of their father’s death. But a sculpture has gone missing from a museum in Palermo, and Noah is a suspect. The police are investigating.

'None of it makes any sense. Martin sets off to Palermo in search of answers about his father’s activities, while Evie moves into Noah’s apartment, waiting to learn where her life might take her. Retracing their father’s steps in their own way, neither of his children can see the path ahead.

'Gail Jones’s mesmerising new novel tells a story about parents and children, and explores the overlapping patterns that life makes. The Death of Noah Glass is about love and art, about grief and happiness, about memory and the mystery of time.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Blindness, hearing impairment.
    Type of character Secondary.
    Point of view Third person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2018 .
      image of person or book cover 296025724322986097.jpg
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 314p.
      Reprinted: 2020 (paperback)
      Note/s:
      • Published 2 April 2018.

      ISBN: 9781925603408, 9781922268204 (pbk), 9781925626445 (ebk)

Works about this Work

Grief, Racism and Uncertain Futures: Your Guide to the 2019 Miles Franklin Shortlist Jen Webb , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 30 July 2019;

'I think it’s fair to say that each year the selected novels on the Miles Franklin shortlist manifest the zeitgeist, reflecting on some of the issues that are troubling society.' (Introduction) 

The Pleasure of Language Itself : An Interview with Gail Jones Robert Wood (interviewer), 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Los Angeles Review of Books , April 2018;

'Gail Jones is an academic and novelist currently based in the Society and Writing Research Centre at Western Sydney University. She often depicts a world that stretches continents and references other cultural forms, from cinema, to music, to visual art. Jones has been the winner of the Colin Roderick Award and Nita Kibble Award, and was long-listed for the Orange, Man Booker, and Prix Femina Etranger. We caught up to speak about her new novel, The Death of Noah Glass, which was released by Text Publishing on April 2nd.'

Source: Magazine blurb.

Figures in Geometry : The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones Robert Dixon , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , September 2018;

'In Gail Jones’ 2018 novel about the life and death of Noah Glass, his ‘vocation’ as an art historian begins when, as a small boy growing up in the remote north of Western Australia, he opens a book about the Great Art Museums of the World. It translates him miraculously from the Mars-orange landscape of the outback to the rarefied, Prussian-blue world of Piero della Francesca: it was a ‘window to elsewhere’ and ‘other worlds and times blazed as portents from the pages’. The significance of this moment is confirmed twenty years later when, as a student in London, Noah discovers Piero’s The Nativity (c. 1470-5) hanging in the National Gallery: ‘Noah walked around the National Gallery, taking meticulous notes, registering line by line his self-improvement’. These are instances of what Peter Wagner calls intermediality: the intertextual use of one medium, such as painting, in another medium, such as prose fiction.' (Introduction)

Gail Jones : The Death of Noah Glass JR , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 21-27 April 2018;

'Australian novelist Gail Jones is no great spinner of yarns or master of mood and atmosphere, but she does have a unique feeling for the fascinations of the fragmentary. Her books brim with literary allusions, historical anecdotes, references to scholarly oddities and intriguing quotations, and when all else fails she can always charm with the glitter of so many carefully arranged details and luminous curiosities.'  (Introduction)

y separately published work icon [Review] The Death of Noah Glass Astrid Edwards , 2018 14402350 2018 single work review
— Review of The Death of Noah Glass Gail Jones , 2018 single work novel

'The Death of Noah Glass addresses grief, loneliness, and the secrets that are so common within families and between generations. Noah Glass, the eponymous protagonist, did not really know his parents or his deceased wife. This is his story. It is also the story of his children, Martin and Evie, who attempt to find meaning (and perhaps themselves) after his death.'(Introduction)

y separately published work icon [Review] The Death of Noah Glass Astrid Edwards , 2018 14402350 2018 single work review
— Review of The Death of Noah Glass Gail Jones , 2018 single work novel

'The Death of Noah Glass addresses grief, loneliness, and the secrets that are so common within families and between generations. Noah Glass, the eponymous protagonist, did not really know his parents or his deceased wife. This is his story. It is also the story of his children, Martin and Evie, who attempt to find meaning (and perhaps themselves) after his death.'(Introduction)

Gail Jones and the Art of Words Steve Dow , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 10-16 March 2018;

'In all of Gail Jones’s writing, words bump up against images from art and cinema – visual keys to convey what narrative may not. Her working-class childhood in rural and remote Western Australia had offered little in the way of literature, but visually there was much to fire her imagination. She remembers the pearl-diving industry of coastal Broome, especially the mother shells that shone like moonlight.' (Introduction)

'The Long Now of Grieving' : Gail Jones's New Novel Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 400 2018; (p. 53-54)

'Noah Glass is dead, his fully clothed body discovered floating face down in the swimming pool of his Sydney apartment block, early one morning. Born in Perth in 1946, father of two adult children, widower, Christian, art historian, and specialist in the painting of fifteenth-century artist Piero della Francesca, Noah has just returned from a trip to Palermo. There he celebrated his sixty-seventh birthday, experienced intimations of mortality, fell precipitately in love, and agreed, for the sake of the beloved, to commit a crime. Even before the funeral, the police are in touch with Noah’s son: a valuable work of art has been stolen and Noah is implicated in its disappearance.' (Introduction)

Gail Jones : The Death of Noah Glass JR , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 21-27 April 2018;

'Australian novelist Gail Jones is no great spinner of yarns or master of mood and atmosphere, but she does have a unique feeling for the fascinations of the fragmentary. Her books brim with literary allusions, historical anecdotes, references to scholarly oddities and intriguing quotations, and when all else fails she can always charm with the glitter of so many carefully arranged details and luminous curiosities.'  (Introduction)

Figures in Geometry : The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones Robert Dixon , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , September 2018;

'In Gail Jones’ 2018 novel about the life and death of Noah Glass, his ‘vocation’ as an art historian begins when, as a small boy growing up in the remote north of Western Australia, he opens a book about the Great Art Museums of the World. It translates him miraculously from the Mars-orange landscape of the outback to the rarefied, Prussian-blue world of Piero della Francesca: it was a ‘window to elsewhere’ and ‘other worlds and times blazed as portents from the pages’. The significance of this moment is confirmed twenty years later when, as a student in London, Noah discovers Piero’s The Nativity (c. 1470-5) hanging in the National Gallery: ‘Noah walked around the National Gallery, taking meticulous notes, registering line by line his self-improvement’. These are instances of what Peter Wagner calls intermediality: the intertextual use of one medium, such as painting, in another medium, such as prose fiction.' (Introduction)

The Pleasure of Language Itself : An Interview with Gail Jones Robert Wood (interviewer), 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Los Angeles Review of Books , April 2018;

'Gail Jones is an academic and novelist currently based in the Society and Writing Research Centre at Western Sydney University. She often depicts a world that stretches continents and references other cultural forms, from cinema, to music, to visual art. Jones has been the winner of the Colin Roderick Award and Nita Kibble Award, and was long-listed for the Orange, Man Booker, and Prix Femina Etranger. We caught up to speak about her new novel, The Death of Noah Glass, which was released by Text Publishing on April 2nd.'

Source: Magazine blurb.

Last amended 10 Oct 2019 14:12:11
X