The Transit of Venus

Shirley Hazzard (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Penguin Books
Publish Date
September 01, 1990
Pages
352
Dimensions
5.12 X 7.72 X 0.63 inches | 0.52 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780140107470

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About the Author

Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) was born in Australia but traveled the world during her early years, a result of her parents' diplomatic postings. In 1947, at the age of sixteen, she was hired by British intelligence to monitor the civil war in China. In 1963, she married the writer Francis Steegmuller, who died in 1994. Hazzard wrote several novels, two of which were National Book Award finalists: The Bay of Noon (1971) and The Transit of Venus (1981). She is also the author of two collections of short stories and several works of nonfiction, including the memoir Greene on Capri. Hazzard's final novel, The Great Fire, won the 2003 National Book Award for Fiction and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Reviews

"The Transit of Venus is maybe a perfect novel." --Rumaan Alam, The New York Times Book Review (podcast)

"I cannot think of a more elegant writer. To me she personifies the word exquisite. . . . It's the inner landscapes, the kind of minute, almost inevitable gestures and impulses that comprise human interaction that she's just so brilliant at registering, and in this sense I think she's truly the heir to Henry James. She's just such a treat." --Emily Eakin, The New York Times Book Review (podcast)