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y separately published work icon The Day We Had Hitler Home : A Novel single work   novel   historical fiction  
  • Author:agent Rodney Hall http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/hall-rodney
Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 The Day We Had Hitler Home : A Novel
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'The Great War ends, as it began, with military blunders. A field ambulance station is being evacuated when a young soldier, blinded by gas during the fighting, joins the wrong queue. Gas blisters in his throat prevent him from telling anyone that his name is Adolf Hitler, private first-class, of the Sixteenth Bavarian Infantry, Reserve Division, or that he is headed for Germany.

'The year is 1919. At Versailles, Australia has just signed a peace treaty destined to ruin Germany and create the conditions in which Nazism would thrive. Meanwhile, amid the celebrations at a remote fishing port in New South Wales, the steamer bringing Australian war heroes home also delivers the blinded Hitler. Here he meets Audrey McNeil, aspiring filmmaker and desparate opponent of her sister Sybil. Brief though his visit is, he changes Audrey's life.

'But is the stranger really who he claims to be?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2000 .
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      Extent: x, 351p.p.
      ISBN: 0330361988
Alternative title: El dia que Hitler vino a casa
Language: Spanish
    • Madrid,
      c
      Spain,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Alianza Editorial ,
      2002 .
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      Extent: 436p.
      ISBN: 8420640557

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'Art Is the Windowpane' : Novels of Australian Women and Modernism in Inter-war Europe Paul Genoni , 2004 single work criticism
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The Travelling Heroine in Recent Australian Fiction Elizabeth Webby , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 175-186)
This essay reviews and discusses seven Australian novels published in 2000 and 2001 which all focus on 'travelling heroines'. Trying to explore what these novels tell us about the current state of Australian fiction, Webby sees a trend to avoid contemporary settings and topics and thus a confrontation with current political and social issues such as discrimination and racism. She observes a move from the nineteenth to the twentieth century as 'the favoured domain for serious Australian historical fiction', and a trend to return to essentially nineteenth-century themes and structures.
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From Innocence to Experience Brian Matthews , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (2000-2001) no. 227 2000; (p. 48-49)

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Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Ruth Blair , 2001 single work review
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Carrying the Can Dianne Dempsey , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 October 2000; (p. 9)

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The Lost Island James Bradley , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , October vol. 5 no. 9 2000; (p. 5-6)

— Review of The Day We Had Hitler Home : A Novel Rodney Hall , 2000 single work novel
Adolf in Australia Margaret Walters , 2001 single work short story
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 4 May 2001; (p. 23)

— Review of The Day We Had Hitler Home : A Novel Rodney Hall , 2000 single work novel

'As a child in London during the war, Rodney Hall remembers listening avidly and anxiously to radio reports of Hitler, “like an approaching giant”; he and his friends made up obscene jokes about this “monster of our secret lives”. When his family returned to Australia in 1949, the war and the bogey-man came too.' (Introduction)

The Travelling Heroine in Recent Australian Fiction Elizabeth Webby , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 175-186)
This essay reviews and discusses seven Australian novels published in 2000 and 2001 which all focus on 'travelling heroines'. Trying to explore what these novels tell us about the current state of Australian fiction, Webby sees a trend to avoid contemporary settings and topics and thus a confrontation with current political and social issues such as discrimination and racism. She observes a move from the nineteenth to the twentieth century as 'the favoured domain for serious Australian historical fiction', and a trend to return to essentially nineteenth-century themes and structures.
'Art Is the Windowpane' : Novels of Australian Women and Modernism in Inter-war Europe Paul Genoni , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 3 no. 2004; (p. 159-172)
y separately published work icon The Paradoxical Taboo : White Female Characters and Interracial Relationships in Australian Fiction Carolyn Hughes , Brisbane : 2004 Z1180791 2004 single work thesis The thesis looks at the way white female characters and interracial relationships are represented in Australian fiction by white Australian writers.
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  • Coast,
  • Munich,
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    Germany,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
  • New South Wales,
  • Urban,
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    Germany,
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    Western Europe, Europe,
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  • 1920s
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