y Men Who Built the Snowy : Men Without Women selected work   short story  
Is part of Saturday Centre Books series - publisher
Issue Details: First known date: 1982... 1982 Men Who Built the Snowy : Men Without Women
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An historical documentary, semi-autobiographical, partly fictionalized selection of short stories of events from Kobal's life and the lives of some of the migrants of many nationalities who worked on the Snowy Mountain Scheme.

Notes

  • Dedication: This book is dedicated to the memory of the fine men of many nationalities, among them three Slovenes, who lost their lives while working for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, mostly ordinary workers, unaware of their own merit in the service of their adopted country, Australia.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Pen and line sketches were all drawn from photographs taken by the men who worked on the Snowy at the time of this story.
    • Newtown, Marrickville - Camperdown area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney,: Saturday Centre , 1982 .
      Extent: 161p.
      Description: illus. (b & w), map.
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Ivan Kobal.
      • Foreword by Sir William Hudson, Canberra 29/7/75.
      ISBN: 0909293465
    • Rydalmere, Parramatta area, Sydney,: Ivan Kobal , 1984 .
      Alternative title: Men Who Built the Snowy
      Extent: 191p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
      Description: illus., maps, ports.
      ISBN: 0958968004 (corrected)
Alternative title: Mozje s Snowyja
Language: Slovenian

Works about this Work

Untitled Felicity Stehlik , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Multicultural Book Review , vol. 7 no. 2 2004; (p. 54-55)

— Review of Men Who Built the Snowy : Men Without Women Ivan Kobal 1982 selected work short story
Four Recent Slovene Migrant Novels in English Igor Maver , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Contemporary Australian Literature Between Europe and Australia 1999; (p. 75-84)

' It has to be stressed from the outset that Slovene migrants in Australia have written and published mostly verse, first in Slovene and more recently also in English. As far as fiction is concerned, they have produced mainly short pieces in prose of various genres, again most frequently in the Slovene language, which were published in Slovene migrant press. Only recently, however, there have four book-length novel-like prose works appeared, written either by Slovene migrants (Ivan Kobal, Janko Majnik) or by Australians of non-Slovene descent (Victoria Zabukovec, Richard Flanagan), who are in some way connected with the Slovene migrant community in Australia. If there does exist such a literary (sub)genre as a migrant novel, then these works can be labelled as such. Very different in scope and method, they, however, in each case represent a valuable testimony to the rich Slovene migrant literary production in Australia and a contribution to the preservation of the historical memory of the Slovene community in Australia. The fourth novel, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, undoubtedly has the greatest artistic value from among the four. It was published in 1997, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 1998, and was written by Richard Flanagan, an Australian writer of non-Slovene descent married to an Australian born of Slovene parents.' (Publication abstract)

The Search for Cultural Identity in Ivan Kobal's Autobiographical Novel The Men Who Built the Snowy Mirko Jurak , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Autobiographical and Biographical Writing in the Commonwealth 1984; (p. 117-121)
Untitled Felicity Stehlik , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Multicultural Book Review , vol. 7 no. 2 2004; (p. 54-55)

— Review of Men Who Built the Snowy : Men Without Women Ivan Kobal 1982 selected work short story
The Search for Cultural Identity in Ivan Kobal's Autobiographical Novel The Men Who Built the Snowy Mirko Jurak , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Autobiographical and Biographical Writing in the Commonwealth 1984; (p. 117-121)
Four Recent Slovene Migrant Novels in English Igor Maver , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Contemporary Australian Literature Between Europe and Australia 1999; (p. 75-84)

' It has to be stressed from the outset that Slovene migrants in Australia have written and published mostly verse, first in Slovene and more recently also in English. As far as fiction is concerned, they have produced mainly short pieces in prose of various genres, again most frequently in the Slovene language, which were published in Slovene migrant press. Only recently, however, there have four book-length novel-like prose works appeared, written either by Slovene migrants (Ivan Kobal, Janko Majnik) or by Australians of non-Slovene descent (Victoria Zabukovec, Richard Flanagan), who are in some way connected with the Slovene migrant community in Australia. If there does exist such a literary (sub)genre as a migrant novel, then these works can be labelled as such. Very different in scope and method, they, however, in each case represent a valuable testimony to the rich Slovene migrant literary production in Australia and a contribution to the preservation of the historical memory of the Slovene community in Australia. The fourth novel, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, undoubtedly has the greatest artistic value from among the four. It was published in 1997, shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 1998, and was written by Richard Flanagan, an Australian writer of non-Slovene descent married to an Australian born of Slovene parents.' (Publication abstract)

Last amended 31 Mar 2017 12:00:47
Subjects:
  • Snowy Mountains, Cooma - Snowy - Bombala area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
  • Cabramurra, Tumut - Tumbarumba area, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
  • 1950s
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