All that happens: Ransom and its afterword
Place of Publication
Zach, W. & Kenneally, M.
School of Arts and Humanities
In a short afterword to his ninth novel Ransom (2009), multi-award winning Australian author David Malouf claims that his fiction “re-enters the world of the Iliad to recount the story of Achilles, Patroclus and Hector, and, in a very different way from the original, Priam’s journey to the Greek camp” to reclaim for proper burial his son’s slain and repeatedly violated body. Malouf also stresses that Ransom’s “primary interest is storytelling itself –why stories are told and why we need to hear them, how stories get changed in the telling,” and he adds that “much of what it has to tell are ‘untold tales’ found only in the margins of earlier writers.”