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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 Charades
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'From the subtropical lushness of Queensland’s Tamborine Rainforest to the claustrophobic bedroom of a Boston physicist, Janette Turner Hospital’s characters breathe an atmosphere of passion and suspense. Charade Ryan, an enigmatic story-spinning Scheherazade, searches for a way to unravel the long-held secrets of her family origins. As the narrative flits between the present and the past, and truth becomes increasingly subjective, Charade weaves a rich and textural tale out of the myths of her past. This vibrant, superbly crafted novel explores the elusive boundaries between existence and imagination, memory and truth.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (UQP, 2015 ed.)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my father and mother, who taught me that love is rich and redemptive whatever costumes and guises it wears.
  • Epigraph: 'May the legends of the men of old be lessons to the people of our time, so that a man may see those things which befell others beside himself: then he will honour and consider carefully the words and adventures of past peoples, and will reprove himself.' - The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night.
  • Epigraph: 'To modify the past is not to modify a single fact; it is to annul the consequences of that fact, which tends to be infinite. In other word, it involves the creation of two universal histories.' - Jorge Luis Borges: The Other Death
  • Epigraph: ' I intend to examine here the memories of extreme experiences, of injuries suffered or inflicted... Once again it must be observed, mournfully, that the injury cannot be healed: it extends through time....' - Primo Levi: The Drowned and the Saved.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 1988 .
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      Extent: 345p.
      Reprinted: 1989 , 1990 , 1991 , 1995
      ISBN: 0702221988 (pbk.), 0702221562
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      New York (City), New York (State),
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      Americas,
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      Bantam Books ,
      1989 .
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      Extent: 291p.
      ISBN: 059301622X, 553053469, 9780553053463
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Sydney, New South Wales,: Bantam Press ,
      1989 .
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      Extent: 291p.
      ISBN: 059301622X (hbk.), 9780593016220
    • Toronto, Ontario,
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      McClelland-Bantam ,
      1990 .
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      Extent: 301p.
      Edition info: A Bantam-Seal book
      ISBN: 0770423523
    • Camden, London,
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      England,
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      Virago ,
      1990 .
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      Extent: 291p.
      Reprinted: 1994 , 1995
      ISBN: 1853811696
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Bantam Books ,
      1990 .
      Extent: 301p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • A Bantam paperback edition, February 1990.
      ISBN: 055328505X (pbk.)
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Furie ,
      1991 .
      Extent: 393p.
      ISBN: 9071035387, 9789071035388

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Works about this Work

Eight Great Australian Fictional Scientists Worth Reading about Anna-Sophie Jürgens , 2019 single work
— Appears in: The Conversation , 12 February 2019;

'Australian scientists have led many crucial scientific breakthroughs – from the manufacturing and processing of penicillin, to the first in-vitro fertilisation pregnancy. Yet there is still a need for science to be more widely appreciated in our broader culture.' (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Rainforest Narratives : The Work of Janette Turner Hospital David Callahan , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2009 Z1611963 2009 single work criticism

'Rainforests evoke vivid imagery; the profusion of intertwined trees and undergrowth both invites and confounds exploration. Acclaimed writer Janette Turner Hospital conjures up a rainforest for readers by weaving threads of connection and meaning into a labyrinth of characters and plot lines. From The Ivory Swing to Orpheus Lost, Hospital's award-winning novels and short stories have challenged and intrigued readers for over twenty-five years. Hospital's books tackle complex themes of dislocation, identity, ethics and the nature of reality, wrapping around a reader like rainforest creepers, remaining attached long after the last page is turned.

In this groundbreaking work of literary criticism, David Callahan signposts and analyses the major themes scattered throughout Janette Turner Hospital's writing. Rainforest Narratives is the perfect companion to her fiction for readers and scholars alike.' -- Publisher description.

Particles, Waves, and Stories : Janette Turner Hospital's 'Charades' David Callahan , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction , Summer vol. 48 no. 4 2007; (p. 363-380)
Forming Feminism : Structure and Ideology in Charades and 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye' Caroline Webb , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 29 no. 1 2003; (p. 132-141)
'Feminist Values are encoded in different ways at ... structural levels in postmodern fictional texts. Charades and A.S. Byatt's novella 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye' (1994) both 'generate structures derived in part from their source text [The Thousand and One NIghts] that provide ... a shared message about features of female life and storytelling that goes beyond the messages derivable directly from their very different plots.' (p. 132-133)
(Be)longing in the Writing of Janette Turner Hospital : Eclipsing the Constitutive Force of Discourse Bronwyn Davies , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: (In)scribing Body/Landscape Relations 2000; (p. 233-247)
[Review] Charades Faye Davis , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Review , December vol. 3 no. 12 1988; (p. 14)

— Review of Charades Janette Turner Hospital , 1988 single work novel
Vultures Return to Pick over the Bones of Lost Childhood Tom Adair , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Scotland on Sunday , 28 June 1992; (p. 38)

— Review of Charades Janette Turner Hospital , 1988 single work novel
About Books Marion Halligan , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , October vol. 1 no. 1 1990; (p. 8-11)

— Review of The Kadaitcha Sung Sam Watson , 1990 single work novel ; Reaching Tin River Thea Astley , 1990 single work novel ; Sheep and the Diva : Stories David Brooks , 1990 selected work short story ; The Mighty World of Eye : Stories, Anti-Stories David Parker , 1990 selected work short story criticism ; Isobars Janette Turner Hospital , 1990 selected work short story ; Charades Janette Turner Hospital , 1988 single work novel ; The Great World David Malouf , 1990 single work novel ; Flying Lessons Susan Johnson , 1990 single work novel ; Invisible Histories Geoff Page , 1989 selected work short story poetry biography ; Marriages Amy Witting , 1990 selected work short story ; Ingelba and the Five Black Matriarchs 1990 single work life story ; The Story of the Year of 1912 in the Village of Elza Darzins : A Novel Thea Welsh , 1990 single work novel ; A Body of Water : A Year's Notebook Beverley Farmer , 1990 selected work autobiography short story poetry diary ; Smyrna : A Novel Tony Maniaty , 1989 single work novel
[Review] Charades, Flawless, The Mountain, Painted Woman, My Father's Moon Nicolette Stasko , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Phoenix Review , Spring/Summer no. 6 1990; (p. 116-119)

— Review of My Father's Moon Elizabeth Jolley , 1989 single work novel ; Painted Woman Sue Woolfe , 1989 single work novel ; Charades Janette Turner Hospital , 1988 single work novel ; The Mountain Kate Llewellyn , 1989 selected work correspondence ; Flawless Jade Barbara Hanrahan , 1989 single work novel
Three New Fictions Mary Lord , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , December no. 113 1988; (p. 85-87)

— Review of Captivity Captive Rodney Hall , 1988 single work novel ; Charades Janette Turner Hospital , 1988 single work novel ; That Fierce Virgin Gerard Windsor , 1988 single work novel
y separately published work icon Janette Turner Hospital : Gender Issues, Landscape, Memory and Dislocation in The Ivory Swing, The Tiger in the Tiger Pit, Borderline, Charades and The Last Magician Glenda Parker , 1996 Z1038382 1996 single work thesis
Forming Feminism : Structure and Ideology in Charades and 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye' Caroline Webb , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Hecate , vol. 29 no. 1 2003; (p. 132-141)
'Feminist Values are encoded in different ways at ... structural levels in postmodern fictional texts. Charades and A.S. Byatt's novella 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye' (1994) both 'generate structures derived in part from their source text [The Thousand and One NIghts] that provide ... a shared message about features of female life and storytelling that goes beyond the messages derivable directly from their very different plots.' (p. 132-133)
The Improprieties of Janette Turner Hospital : Punning in Borderline and Charades Alistair Stead , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Borderblur : Poetry and Poetics in Contemporary Canadian Literature 1996; (p. 74-93)
y separately published work icon Rainforest Narratives : The Work of Janette Turner Hospital David Callahan , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2009 Z1611963 2009 single work criticism

'Rainforests evoke vivid imagery; the profusion of intertwined trees and undergrowth both invites and confounds exploration. Acclaimed writer Janette Turner Hospital conjures up a rainforest for readers by weaving threads of connection and meaning into a labyrinth of characters and plot lines. From The Ivory Swing to Orpheus Lost, Hospital's award-winning novels and short stories have challenged and intrigued readers for over twenty-five years. Hospital's books tackle complex themes of dislocation, identity, ethics and the nature of reality, wrapping around a reader like rainforest creepers, remaining attached long after the last page is turned.

In this groundbreaking work of literary criticism, David Callahan signposts and analyses the major themes scattered throughout Janette Turner Hospital's writing. Rainforest Narratives is the perfect companion to her fiction for readers and scholars alike.' -- Publisher description.

Particles, Waves, and Stories : Janette Turner Hospital's 'Charades' David Callahan , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Critique : Studies in Contemporary Fiction , Summer vol. 48 no. 4 2007; (p. 363-380)
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