Skip to content

The Great Fire

by Shirley Hazzard

The sweeping story of men and women struggling to reclaim their lives in the aftermath of world conflict by ‘one of the greatest writers working in English today’ – Michael Cunningham

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 centre of the story, a brave and brilliant soldier finds that survival and worldly achievement are not enough. His counterpart, a young girl living in Occupied Japan and tending her dying brother, falls in love, and in the process discovers herself. In the looming shadow of world enmities resumed, and of Asia s coming centrality in world affairs, a man and a woman seek to recover self-reliance, balance, and tenderness, struggling to reclaim their humanity.



About Shirley Hazzard

Shirley Hazzard is the author of Greene on Capri, a memoir of Graham Greene, and several works of fiction, including The Evening of The Holiday, The Bay of Noon,  The Transit of Venus, winner of the 1981 National Book Critics Circle Award and The Great Fire, winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the National Book Award for Fiction. She lives in New York City and Capri.



Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *