The Thorn in the Flesh - Paul Wenz
Foreword by Helen Garner
Imprint Classics ISBN 1 875892 61 3
The first English translation of a classic
French novel, L'echarde translated by Maurice
Blackman (Department of French, University of New South
"Its theme is simple: a tale of Miss Susan Brady,
a woman with ideas above her station, who is spurned,
and whose jealousy corrodes her life and drives her
to try and sabotage the happiness of John Iredale, the
prosperous South Australian grazier who has broken her
"Classy stuff, this - the fruit
of delighted observation, of a sensuous and irrepressible
joie de vivre. You cannot fake this quality, it is remarkable...
there lingers in one's mind the rare and special pleasure
of the sense-texture which Wenz has created - a poignant
gift from a Frenchman to Australia, his adopted country."
Helen Garner, from her Foreword
Paul Wenz (1869-1939) arrived in Australia in 1892 and
worked as a grazier in the Forbes district from 1898,
where he wrote four popular novels and many short stories
of Australian bush life. These were published in Paris.
His only work published in English was Diary of a
New Chum (ETT Imprint 1990), which also contains
his correspondence with Andrew Gide and Miles Franklin.
Helen Garner (born Melbourne 1942) lived
in Paris in the late 70s, and has published extensively
around the world. Her Collected Stories were published
in 1998, and The First Stone published in a French