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Searching for Schindler

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The extraordinary tale of Oskar Schindler, the Aryan who saved hundreds of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, is now legendary, but as Tom Keneally reveals in this absorbing memoir, luck and the dogged persistence of one of'Schindler's Jews'were vital in bringing it to the world's attention through his Booker Prize-winning novel, "Schindler's Ark" and the subsequent film," Schindler's List" . Entertaining, inspiring and filled with anecdotes about the many people involved, from the survivors Keneally interviewed to Steven Spielberg and Liam Neeson, Searching for Schindler gives a revealing insight into a writer's mind and the creation of a modern classic. It also traces what happened in the decades after the war to Schindler, his wife, and the people they rescued– including Leopold Pfefferberg, who made it his mission to repay his priceless debt to Schindler. Above all, it sheds renewed light on a fascinatingly flawed man, and an instance of exceptional humanity amid the greatest inhumanity mankind has known.

Издательство: "Hodder&Stoughton" (2009)

ISBN: 978-0-340-96326-5

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Thomas Keneally

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Thomas Michael Keneally AO (born 7 October 1935) is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction.


Born in Homebush, New South Wales, Keneally was educated at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, where a writing prize was named after him. He entered St Patrick's Seminary, Manly to train as a Catholic priest but left before his ordination. He worked as a Sydney schoolteacher before his success as a novelist, and he was a lecturer at the University of New England (1968-70). He has also written screenplays, memoirs and non-fiction books.

Keneally was known as "Mick" until 1964 but began using the name Thomas when he started publishing, after advice from his publisher to use what was really his first name. [ "Tom Keneally, interviewed by Peter Thompson", "Talking Heads", ABC-TV, 30 July 2007] Accessed: 2007-10-11] He is most famous for his "Schindler's Ark" (1982) (later republished as "Schindler's List"), which won the Booker Prize and is the basis of the film "Schindler's List". Many of his novels are reworkings of historical material, although modern in their psychology and style.

Keneally has also acted in a handful of films. He had a small role in "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith" (based on his novel) and played Father Marshall in the Fred Schepisi movie, "The Devil's Playground" (1976) (not to be confused with a similarly-titled documentary by Lucy Walker about the Amish rite of passage called rumspringa).

In 1983 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). He is an Australian Living Treasure.

He is a strong advocate of the Australian republic, meaning the severing of all ties with the British monarchy, and published a book on the subject "Our Republic" in 1993. Several of his Republican essays appear on the web site of the Australian Republican Movement.

Keneally is a keen supporter of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles rugby league football club in the NRL.


"Schindler's Ark"

Keneally wrote the Booker Prize winning novel in 1982, inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor. In 1980 Pfefferberg met Keneally in his shop, and learning that he was a novelist, showed him his extensive files on Schindler. Keneally was interested, and Pfefferberg became an advisor for the book, accompanying Keneally to Poland where they visited Kraków and the sites associated with the Schindler story. Keneally dedicated "Schindler's Ark" to Pfefferberg: "who by zeal and persistence caused this book to be written." He said in an interview in 2007 that what attracted him to Oskar Schindler was that "it was the fact that you couldn't say where opportunism ended and altruism began. And I like the subversive fact that the spirit breatheth where it will. That is, that good will emerged from the most unlikely places". The book was later made into a film titled "Schindler's List" (1993) by Steven Spielberg, earning the director his first Best Director Oscar. His meeting with Pfefferberg and their research tours are detailed in "Searching for Schindler: A Memoir" (2007).



* "The Place at Whitton" (1964)
* "The Fear" (1965), rewritten in (1989) as "By the Line".
* "Bring Larks and Heroes" (1967), winner of the Miles Franklin Award, set in an unidentified British penal colony.
* "Three Cheers for the Paraclete" (1968), winner of the Miles Franklin Award, comic novel of a doubting priest.
* "The Survivor" (1969), a survivor looks back on a disastrous Arctic expedition.
* "A Dutiful Daughter" (1971), Keneally's personal favourite.
* "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith" (1972), also filmed. Written through the eyes of an exploited Aborigine who explodes in rage. Based on an actual incident. Keneally has said he would not now presume to write in the voice of an Aborigine, but would have written the story as seen by a white character.
* "Blood Red, Sister Rose" (1974), a novel based loosely on the life of Joan of Arc.
* "Gossip from the Forest" (1975), tells of the negotiation of the armistice that ended World War I.
* "Season in Purgatory" (1976), love among Tito's partisans in World War II.
* "Ned Kelly and the City of the Bees" (1978), a book for children.
* "A Victim of the Aurora" (1978), a detective story set on an Antarctic expedition.
* "Passenger" (1979)
* "Confederates" (1979), with Stonewall Jackson's army.
* "The Cut-Rate Kingdom" (1980), Australia at war in 1942.
* "Schindler's Ark" (1982), winner of the Booker Prize, later retitled "Schindler's List".
* "A Family Madness" (1985)
* "The Playmaker" (1987), prisoners perform a play in Australia 200 years ago.
* "Act of Grace" (1985), under the pseudonym William Coyle
* "By the Line" (1989), working-class families face World War II in Sydney.
* "Towards Asmara" (1989), the conflict in Eritrea.
* "Flying Hero Class" (1991), Palestinians hijack an aeroplane carrying an Aboriginal folk dance troupe.
* "Chief of Staff" (1991), under the pseudonym William Coyle
* "Woman of the Inner Sea" (1993), Keneally retells a story once told him by a young woman that haunted his imagination.
* "Jacko" (1993), madness and television.
* "A River Town" (1995)
* "Bettany's Book" (2000)
* "An Angel in Australia" (2000), also published as "Office of Innocence"
* "The Tyrant's Novel" (2003), an Australian immigration detainee tells his story
* "The Widow and Her Hero" (2007), the effect of war on those left behind


* "Moses the Law-Giver" (1975)
* "Outback" (1983)
* "" (1987)
* "" (1992)
* "" (1992)
* "Memoirs from a Young Republic" (1993)
* "" (1993) Footballer Des Hasler
* "Our Republic" (1995)
* "" (1995), autobiography
* "The Great Shame" (1998)
* "American Scoundrel" (2002)
* "Lincoln" (2003), biography of Abraham Lincoln
* "" (2005)
* "" (2007)


* "Halloran's Little Boat" (1968)
* "Childermas" (1968)
* "An Awful Rose" (1972)
* "Bullie's House" (1981)



* [ Australian Biography website, including video interviews (and transcripts)]

External links

* [,%20Tom Tom Keneally at Random House Australia]
* [ Life and Works] of Thomas Keneally
* [ Australian Republican Movement] web site. Search for "Keneally".
* [ Wonders of the Ross Sea] Thomas Keneally recalls his voyages to Antarctica
* [ 1983, 1989, 1991, 1993 RealAudio interviews with Thomas Keneally at Wired for] by Don Swaim
* [ Radio interview with Michael Silverblatt]

NAME= Keneally, Thomas Michael
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Australian Novelist
DATE OF BIRTH= 7 October 1935
PLACE OF BIRTH= Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Источник: Thomas Keneally

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