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y separately published work icon Johnno : A Novel single work   novel  
  • Author:agent David Malouf http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/malouf-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1975... 1975 Johnno : A Novel
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'Dante and Johnno are unlikely childhood friends, growing up in the bustle of steamy, wartime Brisbane. Later, as teenagers, they learn about love and life amidst the city's pubs and public libraries, backyards and brothels, Moreton Bay figs and tennis parties. As adults, they make the great pilgrimage overseas and maintain an uneasy friendship as they seek to build their lives.

'An affectionate and bittersweet portrait, Johnno brilliantly recreates the sleazy, tropical half-city that was Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian dream.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Penguin).

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

y separately published work icon Johnno Nick Enright , 1987 (Manuscript version)7338758 7338753 1987 single work screenplay

A screenplay based on David Malouf's novel. There is no indication of this screenplay's having been produced.

Johnno Stephen Edwards , 2006 single work drama

Stage adaptation of David Malouf's novel.

Notes

  • Dedication: for Carlo Olivieri.
  • Epigraph: 'I have great comfort from this fellow. Methinks he hath no drowning mark upon him; his complexion is perfect gallows. Stand fast, good Fate, to his hanging! Make the rope of his destiny our cable, for our own doth little advantage. If he be not born to be hanged, our case is miserable.' (Shakespeare)
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Contents

* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,:University of Queensland Press , 1998 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Preface to the 1998 Anniversary Edition, David Malouf , 1998 single work essay

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,: University of Queensland Press , 1975 .
      image of person or book cover 435331425834445883.jpg
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      Extent: 170p.
      Reprinted: 1989 Reprinted in hardback with corrections. Ill: port.
      ISBN: 0702209619
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1976 .
      image of person or book cover 5979235067857595476.jpg
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      Extent: 170p.
      ISBN: 0140042563
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      George Braziller ,
      1978 .
      Extent: 170p.
      ISBN: 0807609056
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview David Malouf , Jim Tulip (editor), St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990 Z211109 1990 selected work novel poetry short story prose criticism biography interview

    'David Malouf is one of the finest writers in contemporary literature. This volume offers a well-balanced, compact selection of his intricately connected work. Short stories, poems, essays, interviews and the classic novel "Johnno", reproduced in full, show the range of his remarkable achievement. "Johnno", his first and most popular work of fiction, has entered the public imagination with its moving evocation of the 1940s and 50s. The novel is here counterbalanced by the wider contexts of David Malouf's poems and short stories. The uncollected essays highlight his brilliance as a literary commentator, and his deep interest in a variety of contemporary issues. James Tulip's introduction provides an indispensable overview of the work of this outstanding author.'  (Publication summary)

    St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1990
    pg. 1-170
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Chatto and Windus ,
      1993 .
      Extent: 170p.
      Edition info: Collected ed.
      ISBN: 0701161825
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      George Braziller ,
      1998 .
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      This image has been sourced from online
      Extent: xiii, 170 p.p.
      Edition info: 1st pbk. ed.
      ISBN: 0807614297
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2008 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 180p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 1 September 2008.
      ISBN: 9780143180142
      Series: Penguin Modern Classics series - publisher

Works about this Work

Writing about Asia from Australia : Notes Towards Avoiding a Firm View Patrick Allington , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 47 2017;

'This discursive essay – part exegesis, part literary analysis – analyses the act of writing about Asia from Australia (and from the west). I use the circumstances of my early childhood to frame my interest in ‘Asia’, suggesting that Australia is a genuinely diverse nation that is engaged with the region but that it also retains and values a monocultural outlook. In turn, I analyse several novels by westerners about Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge (including my own novel, Figurehead) to reflect on, first, cultural appropriation, and, second, the limits of empathy in fiction.'

Remembering Johnno Maxine McKew , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , December vol. 76 no. 4 2017; (p. 4-6)

We're in the Arts West forum at the University of Melbourne on a freezing July evening and David Malouf is telling his audience that he has just re-read Johnno for the first time in more than 40 years: The parts of the book I like best are not about either of the central characters, but all the stuff about Brisbane. It really is a history of Brisbane [in the 1940s and 1950s] which had never been written, and it's an attempt to produce for readers all the detail of what it was like to live in that atmosphere, with that weather, and with that particular social structure. There is a huge amount of detail in the book and I treat that detail as if it were in a poem, so that there is something sensuously felt and emblematic of something larger. I think that's probably the most successful aspect of the book.' (Introduction)

Malouf's Invisible City : The Intertwining of Place and Identity in David Malouf's Johnno Suzie Gibson , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , June vol. 22 no. 1 2015; (p. 85-95)

'By the time poet David Malouf wrote Johnno (1976), his first work of prose fiction, he was in his late thirties and living in the Renaissance city of Florence. Both European Florence and antipodean Brisbane mirror and enfold the novel's eponymous hero, Johnno, and his narrator-creator, Dante. The Florentine poet, and by extension his medieval trappings, resonate throughout a tale about growing up in a frontier town far removed from the cosmopolitan centres of the Northern Hemisphere. This Italian connection can be explored further by considering Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities (1997) alongside Johnno. The depiction of Venice in Calvino's novel can operate as a point of contrast and comparison to the river city of Brisbane, conjured by Malouf's Dante. (Publication abstract)

On Stealing Books : A Guilty Memoir Anonymous , 2014 single work prose
— Appears in: One Page : Brisbane , February/March vol. 1 no. 2/3 2014; (p. 5-6)
David Malouf and the Poetics of Possibility Bill Ashcroft , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 2 2014;

'The essay addresses the poetic dimension of David Malouf's novels, suggesting that a poetics of possibility can be found in all his work. The poetics of possibility is a function both of Malouf’s thematic interest in the future and of his use of poetic language to draw the reader to imagine various kinds of ways of experiencing and knowing the world. The essay draws upon the philosophy of Ernst Bloch to illuminate the utopian dimension of Malouf’s work, whether in seeing the radiance of possibility in simple objects, the silent ‘presence’ at the centre of language, or the possibility of a different kind of future that Australian society might have experienced.' (Publication abstract)

[Review] Johnno Graeme Turner , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet , January - February vol. 4 no. 1 1985; (p. 3)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf , 1975 single work novel
The Queenslanders Thea Astley , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 28 June-3 July 1976; (p. 23)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf , 1975 single work novel ; A Place Among People Rodney Hall , 1975 single work novel ; The Queenslander Robert Macklin , 1975 single work novel
Kev. and Davie and Johnno Jim Tulip , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , June vol. 19 no. 3 1975; (p. 95-96)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf , 1975 single work novel
On the Occasion of Reading Seven Australian Book Length Pieces of Fiction (at least) Garrie Hutchinson , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: Makar , December vol. 11 no. 3 1975; (p. 42-51)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf , 1975 single work novel ; A Place Among People Rodney Hall , 1975 single work novel ; The Short Story Embassy : A Novel Michael Wilding , 1975 single work novel ; The West Midland Underground : Stories Michael Wilding , 1975 selected work short story ; Tamarisk Row Gerald Murnane , 1974 single work novel ; A Collapsible Man Laurie Clancy , 1975 single work novel ; Contemporary Portraits and Other Stories Murray Bail , 1975 selected work short story
New Modes in Fiction David Gilbey , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 36 no. 4 1976; (p. 442-459)

— Review of Johnno : A Novel David Malouf , 1975 single work novel ; The Short Story Embassy : A Novel Michael Wilding , 1975 single work novel ; Living Together Michael Wilding , 1974 single work novel ; The Electrical Experience : A Discontinuous Narrative Frank Moorhouse , 1974 selected work short story ; A Kindness Cup Thea Astley , 1974 single work novel ; Wrappings Vicki Viidikas , 1974 selected work short story
BookMarks 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 April 2003; (p. 6)
Queensland Literature : Is It Different? Garry Winter , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 15 no. 3 1987; (p. 45-51)
Democracy? Not Likely, Says Council Rosemary Sorensen , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 April 2004; (p. 1, 8)
City May Prove Big Enough for a Tale of Two Books Rosemary Sorensen , Chris Griffith , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 April 2004; (p. 3)
Anger at Book Poll Vincent Le Plastrier , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 April 2004; (p. 14)
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