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y separately published work icon Dark Palace : The Companion Novel to Grand Days single work   novel   historical fiction  
Is part of Palais des Nations Frank Moorhouse , 1993 series - author novel (number 2 in series)
Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 Dark Palace : The Companion Novel to Grand Days
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'Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

'Five years have passed since Edith Campbell Berry's triumphant arrival at the League of Nations in Geneva, determined to right the wrongs of the world. The idealism of those early Grand Days has been eroded by a sense foreboding as the world moves ever closer to another war. Edith's life too, has changed: her marriage and her work are no longer the anchors in her life – she is restless, unsure, feeling the weight of history upon her and her world.

'As her certainties crumble, Edith is once again joined by Ambrose Westwood, her old friend and lover. Their reunion is joyful, and her old anxiety about their unconventional relationship is replaced by a feeling that all things are possible – at least in her private life.

'But World War II advances inexorably, and Edith, Ambrose and their fellow officers must come to terms with the knowledge that their best efforts – and those of the well-meaning world – are simply useless against the forces of the time. Moving, wise and utterly engrossing, this is a profound and enriching novel. Grand Days and Dark Palace confirm Frank Moorhouse as one of our greatest writers – a master of tone and timing, an elegant and exuberant stylist, and an unerring chronicler of the human spirit.'

[sourced from publisher's website]

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Notes

  • Dedication: To Jean-Paul and Monique Delamotte, friends and patrons
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Knopf , 2000 .
      Extent: 678p.
      ISBN: 009183676X
    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage , 2001 .
      Extent: 678p.
      ISBN: 0091836751 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Picador ,
      2002 .
      Extent: 500p.
      ISBN: 0330485466

Works about this Work

A Century of Oz Lit in China : A Critical Overview (1906-2008) Yu Ouyang , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 25 no. 1 2011; (p. 65-71)
‘This paper seeks to examine the dissemination, reception and perception of Australian literature in China from 1906 to 2008 by providng a historical background for its first arrival in China as a literature undistinguished from English or American literature, then as part of a ruoxiao minzu wenxue (weak and small nation literature) in the early 1930s, its rise as interest grew in Communist and proletarian writings in the 1950s and 1960s, and its spread and growth from the end of the cultural revolution in 1976 across all genres, culminating in its present unprecedented flourishing.’ (Introduction, p. 65)
Edith & Helen : Reading Nation in the 1990s Eleni Pavlides , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Journal of Australian Writers and Writing , May no. 1 2010; (p. 14-23)
'Nations are sustained by nationalism, which is built on the narratives that are retold in official histories, national literatures, media representations, invented traditions and foundational myths. In the past fifteen years or so, Australian literature and Australia's history of nation formation have found themselves between a rock and hard place. Both have been (and still are) threatened and destabilised by, amongst other things, the forces of globalisation...' (p. 14)
y separately published work icon Martini : A Memoir Frank Moorhouse , Milsons Point : Knopf , 2005 Z1222009 2005 single work prose

Moorhouse 'muses on the aesthetics of martini lore ... and the nature of drinking.' He also 'reflects on the role of the martini in his own life in prose as dry and intoxicating as the martini itself.'

Source: Random House website, http://www.randomhouse.com.au/WEB_ASP/ttle_detail.asp?isbn=1740513126
Sighted: 31/10/2005

Tales of History and Imagination Frank Moorhouse , 2005 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 64 no. 3 2005; (p. 97-102)
Drawing on the experiences of writing his twin sagas of the League of Nations, Frank Moorehouse discsses the role of the novelist's mind in the processes of research.
A Short While Toward the Sun : The Golden Years of Internationalism Frank Moorhouse , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining Australia : Literature and Culture in the New New World 2004; (p. 203-217)
Moorhouse dicusses the writing of his two novels dealing with the League of Nations
Untitled Carolyn Bliss , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: World Literature Today , April-June vol. 77 no. 1 2003; (p. 91-92)

— Review of Dark Palace : The Companion Novel to Grand Days Frank Moorhouse , 2000 single work novel
The End of Idealism : A Deserving Miles Franklin Prize Winner Verity Morgan , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , August vol. 4 no. 1 2003;

— Review of Dark Palace : The Companion Novel to Grand Days Frank Moorhouse , 2000 single work novel
Frisky Factions Chris Wallace-Crabbe , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (2000-2001) no. 227 2000; (p. 47-48)

— Review of Dark Palace : The Companion Novel to Grand Days Frank Moorhouse , 2000 single work novel
Libertarian Rules Brian Kiernan , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , February vol. 6 no. 1 2001; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Dark Palace : The Companion Novel to Grand Days Frank Moorhouse , 2000 single work novel
A League of His Own Paddy McGuinness , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , November vol. 44 no. 11 2000; (p. 83-84)

— Review of Dark Palace : The Companion Novel to Grand Days Frank Moorhouse , 2000 single work novel
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.
Miles Franklin Award Speech Frank Moorhouse , 2001 single work prose
— Appears in: Dotlit : The Online Journal of Creative Writing , November vol. 2 no. 2 2001;
A Short While Toward the Sun : The Golden Years of Internationalism Frank Moorhouse , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Imagining Australia : Literature and Culture in the New New World 2004; (p. 203-217)
Moorhouse dicusses the writing of his two novels dealing with the League of Nations
Tales of History and Imagination Frank Moorhouse , 2005 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 64 no. 3 2005; (p. 97-102)
Drawing on the experiences of writing his twin sagas of the League of Nations, Frank Moorehouse discsses the role of the novelist's mind in the processes of research.
y separately published work icon Martini : A Memoir Frank Moorhouse , Milsons Point : Knopf , 2005 Z1222009 2005 single work prose

Moorhouse 'muses on the aesthetics of martini lore ... and the nature of drinking.' He also 'reflects on the role of the martini in his own life in prose as dry and intoxicating as the martini itself.'

Source: Random House website, http://www.randomhouse.com.au/WEB_ASP/ttle_detail.asp?isbn=1740513126
Sighted: 31/10/2005

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