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Issue Details: First known date: 1992... 1992 The Ancestor Game
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  • Dedication: For Ruth and Max Blatt.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1992 .
      Extent: 302p.
      ISBN: 0140159878 (pbk.)
    • Minneapolis-St Paul, Minnesota,
      United States of America (USA),
      Graywolf Press ,
      1993 .
      Extent: 302p.
      ISBN: 1555972179
    • St Leonards, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2000 .
      Extent: 302p.
      ISBN: 1865083151
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2003 .
      Extent: 302p.
      ISBN: 1741142261 (pbk.)
Language: Chinese
    • Chongqing,
      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      Chongqing chu ban she ,
      1995 .
      Alternative title: Lang Zi
      Extent: 278p.
      • Text in simplified Chinese script. Other names credited with translation process.
      ISBN: 7536631340
    • Taipei,
      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      Mai Tian ,
      1996 .
      Alternative title: Zhu xian you xi
      Extent: 350p.
      Edition info: Chu ban.
      ISBN: 9577083811 (pbk.)
      Series: Xiao Shuo Tian Di Mai Tian (publisher), series - publisher Number in series: 31

Works about this Work

An Interpretation of Langtze's Artistic Complex in The Ancestor Game Du Yanping , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oceanic Literary Studies , no. 2 2015; (p. 97-106)
'The Ancestor Game is a novel about the family history of immigrant Feng's four generation from Fujian, China to Australia with the theme of individual, land, history, thought and culture. The lifetime of the fourth generation Langtze is closely related with art. In the light of the thought of existential needs in the theory of personality by humanistic psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, readers can interpret the protagonist Langtze's artistic complex to better understand the excellent work.' (97)
Facts Key to Fiction Sally Pryor (interviewer), 2013 single work interview
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 April 2013; (p. 9)
'Alex Miller talks to Sally Pryor about faith, fiction - and duck dung'
Dougald's Goat : Alex Miller and the Species Barrier David Brooks , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Novels of Alex Miller : An Introduction 2012; (p. 187-200)
'I would like to open with a proposition, a theory if you like, that, in a great many narratives , there is a place, a site, where they confess, or at least pay some acknowledgement to, the stories they have not followed in order to follow the story that they have. Their roadkil, one might facetiously term it, their rejectamenta, their abject. And it is not just stories, it is concepts as well, even or perhaps especially ethical positions: places, sites, where they acknowledge all that has had to be set aside in order for those stories, concepts and ethical positions to come to be. I do not say that they in any way specify or itemise them, or that this acknowledgement is anything but the vaguest symbolisation - indeed, it is so much a matter of the subconscious that it is hard to see how it could be - although in some cases they can take a pronounced and almost indisputable form. In one of the bold philosophical projects of which I sometimes dream, I would in fact go further and attempt to demonstrate a collateral premise that much of our human ethics are based upon a separation from and rejection - abjection is a better term, since this is a matter of our identity and what we do to shore it - of the animal, and that the animal therefore always haunts, unacknowledged, our ethical reflections. Miller's texts, I suggest, are ethical reflections, and so are haunted in this way.' (Author's introduction 187)
Continental Heartlands and Alex Miller’s Geosophical Imaginary Elizabeth McMahon , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Novels of Alex Miller : An Introduction 2012; (p. 125-138)
This chapter examines 'how the alignment between geography and subjectivity operates in four of Miller's novels to identify his refiguration of the inherited map of modern identities.' (125)
McMahon focuses on The Ancestor Game (1992), Conditions of Faith (2000), Journey to the Stone Country (2002) and Landscape of Farewell (2007).
Representing ‘the Other’ in the Fiction of Alex Miller Elizabeth Webby , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Novels of Alex Miller : An Introduction 2012; (p. 114-124)
'Alex Miller began publishing his novels in 1988 at the end of a period of intense debate in literary circles about the ethics of representation, a debate informed by feminism, multiculturalism and postcolonialism. Put crudely, the debate was about whether white, male writers from first-world countries, the dominant literary players up to this point, should continue to have open slather in writing about their others, i.e. those who were not white or male, now that these others were at last finding their voices and writing back.

In Australia, the debate was particularly focused on the question of white writers' representation of Aboriginals. Indeed, in 1979 I was told, after giving a conference paper on colonial poems about Aboriginals, that I was lucky there were no Aboriginals in the audience. But in feminist circles male appropriation of female voices was also a major issue. Although a total ban on representations of others would clearly have meant the end of fiction as we know it, these debates did draw attention to the stereotyped representations of women, Aboriginals, Chinese and other 'others' found in much earlier Australian writing.

When I first read Alex Miller, soon after The Ancestor Game was published in 1992, I was struck by the unusual empathy shown here for his female characters and their predicaments, as well as by his insightful depictions of people from other cultures. These have continued to be hallmarks of his fiction, with representations of 'otherness' also extending to animals, especially in The Tivington Nott and Landscape of Farewell. My paper, however, will have as its focus The Ancestor Game, Conditions of Faith and Lovesong.' (Author's abstract)
The Other : Historical, Geographical Enrique Martinez , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 2 1992; (p. 114-118)

— Review of The Ancestor Game Alex Miller , 1992 single work novel
About Books : China Matters Nicholas Jose , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: National Library of Australia News , September vol. 2 no. 12 1992; (p. 8-10)

— Review of Mates of Mars David Foster , 1991 single work novel ; The Hole Through the Centre of the World : A Novel Kevin Brophy , 1991 single work novel ; After China Brian Castro , 1992 single work novel ; La Mort de Napoléon Simon Leys , 1986 single work novel ; The Yellow Lady : Australian Impressions of Asia Alison Broinowski , 1992 single work criticism ; The Ancestor Game Alex Miller , 1992 single work novel
Where Are You from Really? Sophie Masson , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 143 1992; (p. 4-5)

— Review of The Ancestor Game Alex Miller , 1992 single work novel
Trapped in an Ancestral Mirror Helen Daniel , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 August 1992; (p. 9)

— Review of The Ancestor Game Alex Miller , 1992 single work novel
Fruitful Mating of Cultures Gerard Windsor , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 August 1992; (p. rev 4)

— Review of The Ancestor Game Alex Miller , 1992 single work novel
Who are the Custodians? 沈嘉蔚 , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 154-161)
The Solitariness of Alex Miller Peter Pierce , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 21 no. 3 2004; (p. 299-311)
The article presents an overview of Alex Miller's literary career and development as a writer and examines his six novels published to date.
The Ancestor Complex : The Theme of The Ancestor Game 黄源深 , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Unique Literature : A Critical View of Australian Literary Works 1995; (p. 234-251)
From European Satellite to Asian Backwater? Lars Jensen , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , Winter vol. 15 no. 2 2002; (p. 133-152) Contemporary Issues in Australian Literature 2002; (p. 133-152)
Lars Jensen reads Adib Khan's Seasonal Adjustments in order to discuss 'how Australia looks from a comparative Asian perspective' (134).
The Chinese Man in 'The Ancestor Game' Pan Zijie , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 67 no. 3 2007; (p. 96-110)
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