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Johnno
by

An affectionately outrageous portrait, David Malouf’s first novel recreates the war-conscious forties, the pubs and brothels of the fifties, and the years away treading water overseas.

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Overview

Dante and Johnno are unlikely childhood friends, growing up in the bustle of steamy, wartime Brisbane. Later, as teenagers, they learn about love and life amidst the city’s pubs and public libraries, backyards and brothels, Moreton Bay figs and tennis parties. As adults, they make the great pilgrimage overseas and maintain an uneasy friendship as they seek to build their lives.

An affectionate and bittersweet portrait, Johnno brilliantly recreates the sleazy, tropical half-city that was Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian dream.

Details
David Malouf, author of An Open Book, Johnno, Earth Hour, Revolving Days: Selected Poems, and Typewriter Music
Photo by Conrad Del Villar

David Malouf

David Malouf was born in Brisbane in 1934. Since ‘Interiors’ in Four Poets, 1962, he has published poetry, novels and short stories, essays, opera librettos and a play, and has been widely translated. In 2000 he was the sixteenth Neustadt Laureate.