On Shirley Hazzard


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About the Author

Michelle de Kretser was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her family emigrated to Australia when she was a teenager, and she was educated in Melbourne and Paris. She is the author of five novels, including the Miles Franklin Award winners Questions of Travel and The Life to Come, the Man Booker Prize long-listed The Lost Dog, and a novella, Springtime. De Kretser now lives in Sydney with her partner, the poet and translator Chris Andrews. She is an honorary associate of the English department at the University of Sydney.


Praise for On Shirley Hazzard

"A brief paean to a much-admired fellow Australian writer . . . De Kretser's book is strongest in its very personal, often moving appreciation for Hazzard's work." --Kirkus Reviews

"In this compact, intriguing work, de Kretser offers a series of short appreciations of fellow Australian novelist Shirley Hazzard . . . It stands as a deeply felt if idiosyncratic tribute." --Publishers Weekly

"Miles Franklin Award-winning novelist Michelle de Kretser ventures part criticism part biography on the absolutely brilliant Shirley Hazzard (do yourself a favor and read The Transit of Venus, if you haven't). This is the kind of close reading--of a life and its writing--we should have more of." --Jonny Diamond, Literary Hub, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

"De Kretser's associative critical conjectures are wonderful because they mess with our sense of orthodox, academically sanctioned truth . . . More of this type of criticism in the world? Yes please." --Trevor Payne, The Literary Review

"Michelle de Kretser's On Shirley Hazzard is my favorite kind of criticism: granular, expansive, stringent, confessional, beautifully written. Reading a brilliant, essential forebear, de Kretser meditates on the way literature, even as it discomfits us, can make us feel more at home in the world and in ourselves. This is a moving work of rigorous and loving homage." --Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

"In Michelle de Kretser's moving examination of the work of Shirley Hazzard, she quotes from The Transit of Venus 'The omissions might constitute life itself.' That line speaks to what makes this brief book full of omissions such a powerful tribute to Hazzard's work--a reader's book, a writer's book.This is literary criticism as it should be written, with clear-eyed love for the literature." --Peter Orner, author of Am I Alone Here? and Maggie Brown & Others

"We are indebted to Michelle de Kretser for her important reminder of the wonderful Shirley Hazzard." --Donald McDonald, The Spectator

"On Shirley Hazzard by Michelle de Kretser is an exquisite, nuanced homage to the renowned writer. It makes you want to return to Hazzard's earlier books, starting with The Transit of Venus." --Nicole Abadee, The Sydney Morning Herald

"There are many pleasures in this matching of novelists a generation apart, closer in sensibility: global citizens with 'an antipodean way of seeing'; masters of the precise, lethal sentence who move their characters coolly through the mayhem of love and war, against constraints of nationality, class and gender. De Kretser says Hazzard is 'very serious and very funny', using irony and satire, 'the weapons of the outsider', to puncture pretension. The same is true of de Kretser." --Susan Wyndham, The Sydney Morning Herald

Praise for Michelle de Kretser

"I so admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique--her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative that encompasses years and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail." --Hilary Mantel

"It is impossible to describe de Kretser's prose as anything but rich, luxuriant, intense, and gorgeous." --Anita Desai

"De Kretser's displaced and subtle characters are genuinely interesting, and her writing is emotionally accurate." --Ursula K. Le Guin

"Michelle de Krester knows how to construct a gripping story. She writes quickly and lightly of wonderful and terrible things . . . A master storyteller." --A. S. Byatt