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Keneally, Thomas. SCHINDLER'S ARK - Hodder & Stoughton 1982

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Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally. 1982 - Hodder & Stoughton. For sale is a first edition, first printing. very good used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a very good hardback copy of the novel, Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, published in 1982 by Hodder & Stoughton.

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Title Schindler's Ark
Author Thomas Keneally
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1982
ISBN 0340278382
Cover Price 7.95
No. Pages 432
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.66

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are very slightly yellowing but with no other marks, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight with some creasing to the spine.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £7.95. it has a small closed (8mm)tear to the top edge at the back. It has suffered very klittle of the fading common with this title. ( it has a note on the front to say winner of the Booker McConnell Prize which may indicate the jacket is not the original first edition one.

Overall a very good copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Thomas Keneally

Born in Sydney in 1935, Thomas Keneally completed his schooling at various schools on the New South Wales north coast before commencing theological studies for the Catholic priesthood. He abandoned this vocation in 1960 and turned to clerical work and schoolteaching before publication of his first novel in 1964. Since that time he has been a full-time writer with the odd stint as lecturer (1969-70) and writer in residence.

One of the most successful modern Australian writers, Keneally has been short-listed for the Booker Prize on 4 occasions: in 1972 for The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest in 1975, and Confederates in 1979, before winning the prize in 1982 with Schindler's Ark. This last novel caused something of a controversy at the time as it was considered by some to be more a work of journalistic reporting than a novel of fiction, which isn't supposed to be in the spirit of things. In any event, by the time Stephen Spielberg filmed his version of the book under the title Schindler's List in 1993, the controversy was forgotten.

On the Australian front, Keneally has won the Miles Franklin Award twice with Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete. It might be considered strange that he hasn't won the major Australian Literary Award more often, but it must be remembered that the Miles Franklin is awarded for literary works depicting Australian life and settings. A number of Keneally's later works have reflected his wider range of interests and deal with subjects which are not confined to a specific Australian context. In addition, there appears to have been a move away from older, more established writers such as Keneally by the Miles Franklin judges.

In The Age newspaper of Saturday 7th November 1998 there is the announcement of Keneally's new book The Great Shame. In an article in that paper, Keneally writes: "Some years ago an editor suggested that having written on the Holocaust I should write something on the great Irish catastrophe of the 19th century...We agreed that the 19th-century calamity, particularly the famine, was compelling. But it had been splendidly written about by a number of writers. And it was not comparable to the Holocaust...In any case, I told the editor that if ever I was silly enough to buy into the tendentious question of Irish history I would want to tell the story not frontally from the point of view of convicts transported to Australia for particular crimes, not those aimed directly at person or property but those designed as social or political protest." The result was his new book. The research and writing took three years - the longest gap between any successive books in Keneally's writing history.

Thomas Keneally was awarded the Order of Australia in 1983 for his services to Australian Literature. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.

Synopsis of this title

In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. This is the extraordinary story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland and who was transformed by the war into a man with a mission, a compassionate angel of mercy.

Made into an Oscar Winning film by Stephen Spielberg starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes

Reviews of this title


Winner of the Booker McConnell prize

'An extraordinary achievement' (Graham Greene )

'Brilliantly detailed, moving, powerful and gripping' ( The Times )

'Thomas Keneally has done marvellous justice to a marvellous story' ( Sunday Times )

'Keneally is a superb storyteller. With SCHINDLER'S ARK he has given us his best book yet, a magnificent novel which held me from the first page to the last' (Alan Sillitoe )

'This remarkable book has the immediacy and the almost unbearable detail of a thousand eye witnesses who forgot nothing' ( New York Times Book Review )

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