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Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 The Chosen
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An artist is commissioned to weave the portraits of a random selection of townsfolk in Lost River. For this task he must interview each one - fifty-two in all. His work becomes an odyssey through humankind - its social, political, sexual, humorous and spiritual aspects.

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  • Also available as a 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,: Random House , 1997 .
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      Extent: 520p.
      Edition info: Knopf
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: to my parents
      ISBN: 0091836255
    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage , 1998 .
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      Extent: 520p.
      ISBN: 0091837227 (pbk.)
    • London,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Secker and Warburg ,
      1998 .
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      Extent: 520p.
      ISBN: 0436204886

Works about this Work

The Populist Imaginary in David Ireland's The Unknown Industrial Prisoner and The Chosen Ronald Blaber , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 5 2006; (p. 58-71)

Blaber argues that 'in the shift from processes of state-nationalist identities to post-nationalist ones there emerges an opportunity for the re-figuration of a populist imaginary and an associated populist politics. By populist imaginary, I refer to a form of nostalgia, underwritten by processes of reminiscence and anecdote, which creates a sense of the past that imagines a social and political order that at once simplifies and "restores" a way of life based in community or collectivity in the face of the changing understanding of the relationship between the national and the global.'

Blaber concludes, 'the felt presence of the populist imaginary must be understood as indicative of a return to, and a new iteration of, a foundational moment, suggesting that the question of national or collective identity can never be totally settled, and that identity is always a pattern of recurrence.'

Fiction : Myriad Voices of a Small Australian Town Come to Life Darren Defrain , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 12 no. 2 1998; (p. 115-116)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel
[Review] The Chosen Van Ikin , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , Summer vol. 43 no. 4 1998; (p. 139-142)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel
Our Stories, Ourselves Penelope Nelson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , July-August vol. 42 no. 7-8 1998; (p. 115-116)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel ; Eucalyptus : A Novel Murray Bail , 1998 single work novel
Weaver's Tales Carol Birch , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 19 June no. 4968 1998; (p. 26)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel
Dad and Dave Go Hippie Peter Craven , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 16-17 August 1997; (p. rev 10)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel
A Tapestry of Broad Ideas Martin Flanagan , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 16 August 1997; (p. 9)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel
Pyrotechnics in Introspect David Wood , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 23 August 1997; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel
Far from Canburrow A. P. Riemer , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 August 1997; (p. 11s)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel
Threads of Lust Seen in Tapestry Penelope Nelson , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 August vol. 116 no. 6086 1997; (p. 77)

— Review of The Chosen David Ireland , 1997 single work novel
The Populist Imaginary in David Ireland's The Unknown Industrial Prisoner and The Chosen Ronald Blaber , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , no. 5 2006; (p. 58-71)

Blaber argues that 'in the shift from processes of state-nationalist identities to post-nationalist ones there emerges an opportunity for the re-figuration of a populist imaginary and an associated populist politics. By populist imaginary, I refer to a form of nostalgia, underwritten by processes of reminiscence and anecdote, which creates a sense of the past that imagines a social and political order that at once simplifies and "restores" a way of life based in community or collectivity in the face of the changing understanding of the relationship between the national and the global.'

Blaber concludes, 'the felt presence of the populist imaginary must be understood as indicative of a return to, and a new iteration of, a foundational moment, suggesting that the question of national or collective identity can never be totally settled, and that identity is always a pattern of recurrence.'

A Singular Man Susan Chenery , 1997 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 23 August 1997; (p. 42-45)
Last amended 10 Oct 2017 11:56:26
Subjects:
  • Bush,
  • Southern Highlands - Southern Tablelands, Southeastern NSW, New South Wales,
  • Country towns,
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