On Shirley Hazzard

On Shirley Hazzard

by Michelle de Kretser

Hardback Publication Date: 10/03/2020

 
On Shirley Hazzard is a vibrant and personal tribute in which the Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Michelle de Kretser offers a masterclass in writing and reading. She celebrates the precision and musicality of Hazzard's prose and illuminates the humor and humanity in her work. This exhilarating book is both a brilliant introduction to Hazzard and a gift for her longtime readers.

On Shirley Hazzard reveals Michelle de Kretser's lively intelligence at work and her distinctive wit. This testament to her sustained engagement with Hazzard's work is, at its core, an appreciation of the significance and joy of good fiction. Receptiveness when reading is a prerequisite for perceptive analysis, according to both de Kretser and Hazzard. And for prose, the "simple and precise," the "transient and insignificant" are key qualities: "Not moonlight but the glitter of broken glass,"for de Kretser as for Chekhov. Selective biographical details about Hazzard are relayed, too--her leaving Australia and formal education at the age of sixteen, her working, unhappily, at the United Nations in Manhattan, her long friendship with Graham Greene. Hazzard's morality is also invoked--"solidarity with the vulnerable" and pacifism being of prime importance.

Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) published her first short story inThe New Yorker in 1961. The magazine continued to publish her work in the decades thereafter, including excerpts from her most successful and beloved novel, the bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner,The Transit of Venus (1980). Michelle de Kretser's insightful and provocative appreciation does Hazzard fine justice.
ISBN:
9781948226820
9781948226820
Category:
Feminism & feminist theory
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
10-03-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Catapult
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
177.8x107.95mm
Weight:
0.01kg
Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer.

She is the author of The Rose Grower , The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including: the 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal.

The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and Orange Prize's Shadow Youth Panel. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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