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'Frank Delage, piano manufacturer from Sydney, travels to Vienna, a city immersed in music, to present the Delage concert grand. He hopes to impress with its technical precision, its improvement on the old pianos of Europe.

'How could he not know his piano is all wrong for Vienna? Perhaps he should have tried Berlin. But a chance meeting with Amalia von Schalla brings new possibilities for Delage—connections, her daughter Elisabeth, and an avant garde composer. Now travelling home, on a container ship, with Elisabeth, the real story is about to begin.' (From the publisher's website.)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2012 .
      person or book cover
      Image courtesy of Text Publishing.
      Extent: 200p.
      ISBN: 9781921922961 (hbk), 9781921922961 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      MacLehose Press ,
      2015 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781623658953, 1623658950
Alternative title: La traversée : roman
Language: French
    • Arles,
      c
      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Actes Sud ,
      2013 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 195p.p.
      ISBN: 9782330018306, 2330018304
      Series: y separately published work icon Lettres des Antipodes Arles : Actes Sud , 2013- 13184070 2013 series - publisher

Works about this Work

A Piano Made in Australia : Reinventing an Emblem of Cultural Wealth in Murray Bail's The Voyage Marie Herbillon , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 31 no. 2 2017; (p. 361-373)

'[...]it is a conversation about Australia that exposes the sense of cultural superiority of the "ridiculously over-confident" (53) "Bertolt Brecht lookalike" (48; see also 94) and opposes it to Delage's own lack of self-confidence (exemplified, in the first place, by "his surprise" at being asked about his native countr y; 92). [...]the critic is more interested in Australia's natural stereotypes than in its architectural icons, which implies that, in his view, nature easily outweighs culture on the antipodean continent: "he only wanted to know about the dangerous spiders and sharks that infested Australia, and the snakes, how lethal were they really" (92); for him, the Sydney Opera House, which Delage's personal complex of secondarity leads him to consider "provincial" (70), is simply "typical of the New World['s]" preference for "appearance over substance" (92), while Delage is, for his part, tempted to think that it is precisely his piano's "appearance . . . [that] had shifted attention from the technical improvements hidden beneath the lid" (148). According to Eileen Battersby, Bail's "concise in scale" but "vastly thought-provoking novel" contains "some inspired nods to the great Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard's final [sic] novel, Woodcutters" (1984), which offers an über-critical portrayal of a "cannibalistic city" seemingly graced with a propensity for dragging the higher reaches of its "ap- palling society" (Bernhard 34) into what Bernhard describes as an insufferable "social hell" (4)-thereby subverting the values of this cultural elite from within since he8 was, up to a certain point, part of the same "artistic coterie" (Bernhard 84). [...]the Australian creator's own ongoing subservience to Western standards (despite Europe's enduringly paternalistic and misplaced assumptions of cultural superiority) is presented as his or her predicament.'  (Publication abstract)

The Provincial and the Princess Ivor Indyk , 2013- single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2013;

— Review of The Voyage Murray Bail , 2012 single work novel
The Act of Writing and the Act of Attention Martin Harrison , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 20 2013;

'Is writing, including creative writing and its teaching, inevitably on the other side of the natural environment and ecological systems? Is writing, by definition, an action of a mindfulness and inventiveness which implicitly creates a cognitive separation between the world of the text and the world of ecological systems? A number of critics have recently been trying to propose modes and structures which merge this divide, or minimise it borrowing from biology, cognitive theory and probability theory. The paper considers a variety of such formal structures but argues especially for a particular mode of attentiveness in our concept of language and proposes its centrality in the teaching of a contemporary ecologically mindful writing. ' (Author's abstract)

Review : The Voyage Richard Scott Carr , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 27 no. 1 2013; (p. 111-112)

— Review of The Voyage Murray Bail , 2012 single work novel
A Year of Experimentation: Australian Fiction Moving On Nigel Krauth , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 92-108)
Between Worlds Peter Craven , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 22 September 2012; (p. 28-29)

— Review of The Voyage Murray Bail , 2012 single work novel
The Grand Scheme A. P. Riemer , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 September 2012; (p. 34-35) The Canberra Times , 22 September 2012; (p. 23)

— Review of The Voyage Murray Bail , 2012 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 September 2012; (p. 30)

— Review of The Voyage Murray Bail , 2012 single work novel ; Happy Valley : A Novel Patrick White , 1939 single work novel
Delage Abroad James Ley , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 345 2012; (p. 15-16)

— Review of The Voyage Murray Bail , 2012 single work novel
Bringing it Home John Banville , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 83 2012; (p. 67-69)

— Review of The Voyage Murray Bail , 2012 single work novel
Designers Get Creative as Budgets Shrink in Tough Market Susan Wyndham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 May 2013; (p. 6) The Canberra Times , 25 May 2013; (p. 6)
List Confirms Writing Vigour William Yeoman , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 2 July 2013; (p. 6-7)
Literary Guide to Australia Nicholas Shakespeare , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Telegraph , 10 July 2013;
'We asked some of the world's most eminent writers to offer literary tours of the places they know best.'
A Year of Experimentation: Australian Fiction Moving On Nigel Krauth , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 58 no. 1 2013; (p. 92-108)
The Act of Writing and the Act of Attention Martin Harrison , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 20 2013;

'Is writing, including creative writing and its teaching, inevitably on the other side of the natural environment and ecological systems? Is writing, by definition, an action of a mindfulness and inventiveness which implicitly creates a cognitive separation between the world of the text and the world of ecological systems? A number of critics have recently been trying to propose modes and structures which merge this divide, or minimise it borrowing from biology, cognitive theory and probability theory. The paper considers a variety of such formal structures but argues especially for a particular mode of attentiveness in our concept of language and proposes its centrality in the teaching of a contemporary ecologically mindful writing. ' (Author's abstract)

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