Thomas Keneally: The Widow and her Hero

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  • Peter Pierce (National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University)

For his 27th novel, The Widow and Her Hero (2007), Thomas Keneally returned to the historical time and place most frequented in his fiction. This is World War Two - its land battles in New Guinea and along the Adriatic coast and in the air over Britain, the Australian home front in its domestic and political aspects. Keneally’s memoir of his own wartime childhood in Sydney was published as Homebush Boy in 1995. His second novel, The Fear (1965) (revised and republished as By the Line in 1989) used that setting as well. Season in Purgatory (1976) featured the adventures of a doctor fighting with Yugoslav partisans; The Cut-Rate Kingdom (1980) the tensions of political and …

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Citation:
Pierce, Peter. "The Widow and her Hero". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 November 2007
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