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Issue Details: First known date: 1970... 1970 The Vivisector
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Notes

  • Dedication: For Cynthia and Sidney Nolan.
  • Epigraph: 'As I see it, painting and religious experience are the same thing, and what we are all searching for is the understanding and realisation of infinity.' - Ben Nicholson

    Cruelty has a Human Heart,/ And Jealousy a Human Face; /Terror the Human Form Divine,/ And Secrecy the Human Dress./ The Human Dress is forged in Iron,/ The Human Form a fiery Forge,/ The Human Face a Furnace seal'd,/ The Human Heart its hungry Gorge. -William Blake

    They love truth when it reveals itself, and they hate it when it reveals themselves. -Saint Augustine

    He becomes beyond all others the great Invalid, the great Criminal, the great Accursed One - and the Supreme Knower. For he reaches the unknown. -Rimbaud

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      Jonathan Cape ,
      1970 .
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      Extent: 642p.
      Note/s:
      • Published in October 1970.
      ISBN: 0140036938
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Viking ,
      1970 .
      Extent: 567p.
      Reprinted: 1973
      Note/s:
      • Published in July 1970.
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ,
      1973 .
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      Extent: 616p.
      Note/s:
      • Reprinted eight times by 1992, including an 'Australian Issue' in 1973.
      ISBN: 0140036938
      Series: Penguin Modern Classics series - publisher
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Avon Books ,
      1975 .
      Extent: 603p.
      ISBN: 0380003244
    • London,
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      England,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Vintage ,
      1994 .
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      Extent: 616p.
      ISBN: 09932461X
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Vintage Australia , 2011 .
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 February 2011.
      • A CCV eBook.
      ISBN: 9781446434864 (ebk.)
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney,: Random House Australia , 2012 .
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      Extent: 601p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 May 2012
      ISBN: 9781742755755 (hbk.)
Alternative title: Malaren: roman
Language: Swedish
    • Stockholm,
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      Sweden,
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      Scandinavia, Western Europe, Europe,
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      Bonniers ,
      1970 .
      Extent: 547p.
      ISBN: 9100389595

Works about this Work

The Boredom and Futility of War in Patrick White's Fiction Annalisa Pes , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , April no. 15 2016; (p. 65-73)
This article investigates the representation of war in terms of uselessness and waste in the fiction of Patrick White, with a particular emphasis on the short story “After Alep”, written in 1945 when the writer was enrolled in the RAF as an Intelligence Officer. By analysing the story in the light of White’s approach to the war as to “the most horrifying and wasteful period” of his life (Marr 1992: 493), the article attempts to demonstrate how the narrative devices used by White contribute to demythologize the rhetoric of the war and of war heroes in a way that may be instrumental in conveying a message of peace out of the ultimate sense of futility transmitted by any war.
The Vivisector : A Rewritten Pygmalion Story of Modern Tragedy Wu Baokang , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , no. 2 2015; (p. 1-13)
'The Pygmalion story in Metamorphosis by Roman poet Ovid originates from the ancient Greek mythology, reflecting poet's affirmation and eulogy of the value and significance of this life while Bernard Shaw's namesake comedy Pygmalion emphasizes the environmental and educational influence on the formation of perfect personality, evident of bourgeois values of freedom, equality and independence. Roman poet Ovid's Pygmalion story and Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, both of which end in comedy, maintain an optimistic outlook towards the making of a perfect human being. But Patrick White's The Vivisector, which is in fact a Pygmalion story rewritten as a modern tragedy, presents the life of a superman artist, Hurtle Duffield, whose vivisection of his models leads him not only to a success in art but also to the deconstruction and destruction of real human life. The story is indicative of a tragic failure on Hurtle's effort to reshape and reorder the chaotic modern world as well as an existential dilemma of modern man who vainly seeks to establish a spiritual homeland. (1-2)
Patrick White, Composer Manqué : The Centrality of Music in White's Artistic Aspiration John Carmody , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 29 no. 1 2015; (p. 153-161)
'Australian writer Patrick White was burdened with the reputation of a misanthrope. This was, perhaps, self-inflicted but it allowed many to disregard the sensitivity and insights of his writing. It is nevertheless surprising that most critics and readers seem unaware of his deep engagement with music. Certainly, few (if any) literary critics appear to recognize the significance of music in his output. Here, Carmody contends that not only was music profoundly important to White as a human being, but that it fundamentally drove his work. Without a recognition of this crucial importance of music, it is impossible to understand adequately White's aesthetic aspiration.' (Publication abstract)
'Are You For Magic?' Patrick White and Camp Peter Kirkpatrick , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , November vol. 29 no. 4 2014; (p. 1-18)

'The article offers information on writer Patrick White. White wrote several plays and novels. The play "The Ham Funeral" was written by him on the eve of his traveling from London, England to Australia in the year 1947. White wrote the novels "Voss" in 1957, "The Vivisector" in the year 1970, and the "Shepherd on the Rocks."' (Publication abstract)

Patrick White's the Vivisector Jessica Alice , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , April no. 22 2014; (p. 45)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Time for the Timeless Marc McEvoy , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9 January 2012; (p. 8-9)

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Fiction Chronicle Leon Cantrell , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Autumn vol. 30 no. 1 1971; (p. 125, 127, 129, 131, 133, 135, 137, 139)

— Review of Let's Hear It for Prendergast : A Novel Barry Oakley 1970 single work novel ; The Age of Death William Marshall 1970 single work novel ; Clean Straw for Nothing : A Novel George Johnston 1969 single work novel ; A Salute to the Great McCarthy Barry Oakley 1970 single work novel ; The Tea-Time of Love : The Clarification of Miss Stilby Martin Boyd 1969 single work ; The Survivor Thomas Keneally 1969 single work novel ; The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled John Beston , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , December no. 4 1970; (p. 58-61)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Search for Truth John McLaren , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Summer (1970-1971) no. 46 1970; (p. 37-38)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Untitled John Barbour , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 28 November 1970; (p. 21-22)

— Review of The Vivisector Patrick White 1970 single work novel
Patrick White's Aesthetic Noel Macainsh , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , [Triple Issue] vol. 12 no. 1-3 1984; (p. 55-70) The Pathos of Distance 1992; (p. 304-319)
Patrick White and the Aesthetics of Death Noel Macainsh , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 2 1987; (p. 2-14) The Pathos of Distance 1992; (p. 290-303)
Translating Patrick White's Novels Voss and The Vivisector into Greek Vrasidas Karalis , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 133-141)
Patrick White: An International Perspective John Colmer , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Breaking Circles 1991; (p. 182-196)
Some Sources for the Construction of Hurtle Duffield in The Vivisector Rodney Stenning Edgecombe , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 107-109)
Examines the similarities between the Belgain artist James Ensor and White's depiction of the fictional character, Hurtle Duffield, in his novel The Vivisector
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