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Great Fire

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ISBN-10: 0374166447

ISBN-13: 9780374166441

Edition: 2003

Authors: Shirley Hazzard

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A Great Writer's Sweeping Story of Men and Women Struggling to Reclaim Their Lives in The Aftermath of World Conflict The Great Fire is Shirley Hazzard's first novel since The Transit of Venus, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1981. The conflagration of her title is the Second World War. In war-torn Asia and stricken Europe, men and women, still young but veterans of harsh experience, must reinvent their lives and expectations, and learn, from their past, to dream again. Some will fulfill their destinies, others will falter. At the center of the story, a brave and brilliant soldier finds that survival and worldly achievement are not enough. His counterpart, a young girl…    
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/14/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Shirley Hazzard was born in Sydney, Australia on January 30, 1931. She studied at Queenwood College until 1946. Before becoming an author in the early 1960s, she went to work for the British Intelligence, Hong Kong Division, was an employee of the British High Commissioner's Office in Wellington, New Zealand, and a technical assistant to under-developed countries for the United Nations. Her first book, Cliffs of Fall and Other Stories, was published in 1963. Her other works include The Evening of the Holiday, People in Glass Houses: Portraits from Organization Life, The Bay of Noon, Greene on Capri, Countenance of Truth, and Defeat of an Ideal. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award…    

"The Great Fire is a brilliant, brave, and sublimely written novel that allows the literate reader 'the consolation of having touched infinity.'
This wonderful book, which must be read at least twice simply to savor Hazzard's sentences and set pieces, is among the most transcendent works I've ever had the pleasure of reading."--Anita Shreve
"Shirley Hazzard is, purely and simply, one of the greatest writers working in English today
Which makes me more than grateful to have this long-hoped-for new novel."