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jeudi 17 mars 2011

April 6th 2011: The official launch of The Great Australian Novel -- A Panorama








The translation of Panorama du roman australien is now available in Australia thanks to Brolga:
http://www.brolgapublishing.com.au/title.php?Bn=QW5FbmNvZGVkU3RyaW5nT2ZCcm9sZ2FQdWJsaXNoaW5nXzE0NA==

I am delighted to announce that novelist Sue Woolfe will launch The Great Australian Novel - A Panorama in the Rocks, in the presence of translator Marie Ramsland and author Jean-François Vernay and internationally renowned artist Charles Billich.

More about Sue Woolfe: http://www.suewoolfe.com.au/

Time : 6pm-8.30 pm
Venue address:
Billich Art Gallery
106 George Street “The Rocks”
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia

Phone: (61) 02 9252 1481

Fax: (61) 02 9252 1480

Email: mailto:billich@billich.com?subject=Website%20Enquiry

Read more about the author:
http://www.billich.com/news/Jean-Francois.pdfois.pdf

For invitations please contact Billich Gallery 02 9252 1481 or email billich@billich.com

Read more about the Billich Gallery: http://www.billich.com.au/default.aspx

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Praise for The Great Australian Novel - A Panorama:


Simon Caterson, “French take on the Australian novel” in A2 “Features”, The Age (Melbourne), 14 Feb 2009, p.21. E-print:

http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/books/french-take-on-the-australian-novel/2009/02/13/1234028266764.html

“… Vernay’s approach to the Australian novel has the intellectual playfulness associated with some of the best French critical writing … Panorama du roman australien is bold in its conception and promises to be influential in shaping the wider world’s appreciation and understanding of Australian literature”.
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Maurice Blackman, Explorations : A Journal of French/Australian Connections 47 (Melbourne), Dec. 2009, pp.41-2.

“ […] Panorama du roman australien is a remarkable achievement which promises to raise awareness of the Australian novel in France and Europe …"

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Marie Ramsland, LINQ (Queensland), May 2010, pp.185-90.
“Like a silver screen narrator, Vernay speaks directly to the reader – the « I » soon becomes « we ». And this seemingly casual approach continues in the prologue and onwards, in a free-flowing narrative that is not just concerned with giving cold hard disjointed facts (although facts there are), but with involving the reader intellectually – and emotionally. One can imagine the reader as part of an audience in a darkened cinema absorbed in exciting action on the silver screen."
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Nicholas Jose, General Editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Foreword to The Great Australian Novel – A Panorama.


[Jean-François Vernay’s] guiding principle is to see Australian literature on its own terms rather than, as is often the case, as a subsidiary of the Anglophone subset of world literature […]. Vernay’s is a decolonising project that brings a vitalising perspective to Australian literary studies. […] Vernay’s observations […] are enlivened by enthusiasm, sensitivity and engagement. He participates in the quarrels and triumphs of Australian literature. Whether this panorama is surveyed in its French or English versions, whether in the classroom where it will be useful or elsewhere as a general introduction, we owe Jean-François Vernay a debt of gratitude for his generous intervention.
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Ludivine Royer, Postcolonial Text 5: 4 (2009), 3 pp. E-print:

http://postcolonial.org/index.php/pct/article/view/1170/1033


[…] unlike the aforementioned university publications, which compile the work of several contributors who together sought to give a comprehensive view of Australian literature in bulky volumes meant to be reference works, Panorama is a short and single-authored book that reads from cover to cover like a riveting novel. In fact, it would seem that Vernay intended—and managed—to share his enthusiasm for Australia’s national literature as much as he sought to impart the sound knowledge he acquired over ten years of research. Passion shows through each page of this carefully argued text.


The launch is proudly supported by the French Government









Jean-François Vernay wishes to thank from the bottom of his heart the Mission aux Affaires Culturelles (in particular, Emmanuelle Charrier)
as well as La Maison du Livre de Nouvelle-Calédonie (Jean-Brice Peirano and Frédéric Ohlen) for their kind assistance in this project.

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