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  • Author: David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 The One Day
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''Silence was a deeply established tradition. Men used it as a form of self-protection; it saved those who had experienced the horrors of war from the emotional trauma of experiencing it all over again in the telling. And it saved women and children, back home, from the terrible knowledge of what they had seen and walked away from … One result of this was that the men who had actually lived through Gallipoli and the trenches did not write about it.'

'In the century since the Gallipoli landing, Anzac Day has taken on a different tenor for each succeeding generation. Perceptively and evocatively, David Malouf traces the meaning of this 'one day' when Australians stop to reflect on endurance, service and the folly of war. He shows how what was once history has now passed into legend, and how we have found in Anzac Day 'a truly national occasion.'' (Publication summary)


  • Presented as an address at Georgetown University on 28 April 2003.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y The Best Australian Essays 2003 Peter Craven (editor), Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003 Z1087627 2003 anthology essay autobiography interview prose review obituary Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2003 pg. 95-107
  • Appears in:
    y Amongst Friends : Australian and New Zealand Voices from America Patty O'Brien (editor), Bruce Vaughn (editor), Dunedin : University of Otago Press , 2005 Z1212132 2005 anthology essay Selection of essays on cultural and political bonds between Australian and New Zealand. Dunedin : University of Otago Press , 2005 pg. 33-41
  • Appears in:
    y A First Place David Malouf , North Sydney : Random House , 2014 6856466 2014 selected work prose essay

    'A collection of personal essays and writing from David Malouf to celebrate his 80th birthday.

    'Topography, geography, history. Multiculturalism, referendums, the constitution and national occasions. Parental and grandparental romances, the sensual and bountiful beauty of Brisbane, the mysterious offerings of Queenslander houses, and leaving home. The idea of a nation and the heart of its people. Being Australian and Australia's relationship to the world. Putting ourselves on the map.

    'All these subjects, and more, are explored from the generous, questioning and original perspective of David Malouf.

    'At the heart of these pieces is the idea of home, where and what it is. What they illustrate is the formation of a man, an Australian and one of the best writers this country has produced.' (Publisher's blurb)

    North Sydney : Random House , 2014
    pg. 236-251
    • Collingwood, Fitzroy - Collingwood area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2015 .
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      • Published : 23/09/2015
      ISBN: 9781863957694
      Series: y Short Blacks Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2015 8753321 2015 series - publisher Number in series: 7
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