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Richard Flanagan - Author

About the Author

Born in Tasmania in 1961, Richard Flanagan is one of Australia's leading novelists. His novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize), The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting have received numerous honours and been published in 26 countries. His father, who died the day Flanagan finished The Narrow Road to the Deep North, was a survivor of the Burma Death Railway.

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First Person

First Person

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Kif Kehlmann, a young penniless writer, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl offers Kehlmann the job of ghost-writing his memoir. He has six weeks to write the book, for which he'll be paid $10,000. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Siegfried Heidl - and who is Kif Kehlmann? As time runs out, one question looms above all others: what is the truth? By turns compelling, comic, and chilling, this is a haunting journey into the heart of our age.

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014.  Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese Pow camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.   One of our Books of the Year 2014.

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Other books by Richard Flanagan

Sa bati din palme cu o singura mana

Sa bati din palme cu o singura mana

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2016

Intr-o noapte geroasa din 1954, o femeie coboara treptele baracii unde spera sa inceapa o noua viata si dispare in iarna australiana, lasand in memoria Sonjei, fiica ei de trei ani, doar ecoul unui cantec de leagan. Treizeci si cinci de ani mai tarziu, Sonja se intoarce in locurile copilariei, vrand sa inteleaga motivele acestui abandon. Isi intalneste tatal, a carui cumplita furie a alungat-o de acasa, si trebuie sa infrunte demonii trecutului ce i-a bantuit parintii: ororile ocupatiei naziste din Slovenia, tara ei de origine.SA baE i din palme cu o singurA mnA zugrA veE te barbaria unei lumi vechi E i asprimea unei E A ri noi, unde destine fA rA speranE A cautA sA se rA scumpere prin iubire.De la nceputul de o stranie frumuseE e la finalul impresionant, iatA o poveste sfE ietoare, E esutA cu mA iestrie."e; - Literary ReviewFlanagan insuflA acestei poveE ti australiene o sensibilitate est-europeanA la Milan Kundera... SA baE i din palme cu o singurA mnA este un roman menit sA devinA clasic."e; - Sunday Herald SunObsedant E i de neuitat."e; - The Canberra Times

El cami estret cap al nord profund

El cami estret cap al nord profund

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2016

Dorrigo Evans recorda les seves vivencies com a presoner dels japonesos en la construccio del Ferrocarril de la Mort durant la Segona Guerra Mundial. Una tasca que europeus i americans havien definit com a impossible i que el Japo vol acomplir per guanyar la guerra i controlar tota Asia. Dorrigo, responsable de la vida de ms de mil homes, far l'impossible per salvar-los del dest gaireb inevitable i acceptar representar el paper de lder, d'exemple, que tots necessiten per que ell no creu que sigui. En unes condicions infrahumanes, es resigna a sobreviure sense amor. Al camp de presoners intenta que els seus homes resisteixin el clera, la fam i les tortures fins a l'endem. Acabada la guerra i convertit en heroi, Dorrigo formar una famlia i mirar d'honorar i recordar els seus companys morts, per res d'aix no importa si no pot estar amb l'nica persona a qui ha estimat de deb. Guardonada amb el Man Booker, el premi ms important de la literatura en llengua anglesa, aquesta novella de Flanagan s una obra mestra de prosa precisa i fluida on l'horror, la bondat, el valor i la mentida creuen les vides dels protagonistes i no sempre en les circumstncies esperades.

Goulds Buch der Fische

Goulds Buch der Fische

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 07/12/2015

Im Tasmanien unserer Tage stot Sid Hammett, ein kleiner Antiquitatenfalscher, auf einem seiner Streifzuge auf die merkwurdige Hinterlassenschaft eines anderen Kunstfalschers. Das "e;Buch der Fische"e; eines gewissen William Buelow Gould birgt nicht nur wundervolle, akribisch hingetupfte Aquarelle der tasmanischen Fischwelt - es stellt auch ein Erinnerungswerk aus unheilvollen Tagen dar. Tiefer und tiefer zieht es Hammett hinein in die dunkelsten Kapitel britischer Kolonialzeit. Bald dammert ihm, dass ihm der Aufstieg aus den ozeanischen Seelentiefen Goulds niemals mehr gelingen wird.

Der schmale Pfad durchs Hinterland

Der schmale Pfad durchs Hinterland

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 14/09/2015

"e;Ein tiefgrundiges und bewegendes Meisterwerk uber einen verzweifelten jungen Mann in Zeiten des Krieges"e;, urteilt der Observer - preisgekront entfachte Richard Flanagans Roman weltweit einhellige Begeisterung: Dorrigo Evans ist ein begabter Chirurg, eine glanzende Zukunft steht ihm bevor. Als der Zweite Weltkrieg auch Australien erreicht, meldet er sich zum Militar. Doch der Krieg macht keine Unterschiede, und wahrend Dorrigo in einem japanischen Gefangenenlager mit seinen Mannern gegen Hunger, Cholera und die Grausamkeit des Lagerleiters kampft, qualt ihn die Erinnerung an die Affare mit der Frau seines Onkels. Bis er einen Brief erhalt, der seinem Leben eine endgultige Wendung gibt. Richard Flanagans schmerzvoll poetischer Roman erzahlt von den unterschiedlichen Formen der Liebe und des Todes, von Wahrheit, Krieg und der tiefen Erkenntnis eines existentiellen Verlusts.

O cale-ngusta spre nordul indepartat

O cale-ngusta spre nordul indepartat

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/08/2015

În mijlocul lagarului de prizonieri de razboi condamnati sa construiasca o cale ferata între Birmania si Thailanda, cunoscuta cu denumirea Calea ferata a mortii, chirurgul Dorrigo Evans, comandantul lagarului, este torturat de povestea de dragoste pe care a trait-o cu tânara sotie a unchiului sau cu doi ani în urma. În stradania lui de a-si salva oamenii de înfometare, de holera, de persecutii, Dorrigo primeste o scrisoare care îi schimba pentru totdeauna cursul vietii.O poveste despre dragoste E i moarte cu multiplele lor faE ete, despre rA zboi E i despre adevA r, în care eroul îE i trA ieE te experienE a de viaE A numai pentru a descoperi tot ceea ce a pierdut.

Mort d'un guia de riu

Mort d'un guia de riu

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2015

Sota d'una cascada al riu Franklin, l'Aljaz Cosini, guia de riu, s'esta ofegant. Assetjat per visions alhora horribles i fabuloses, reviu no noms la seva prpia vida, sin la de la seva famlia i els seus avantpassats. En les aiges de la selva tropical que es precipiten damunt seu, veu aquestes vides despullades de les seves realitats superficials, i troba un mn on els somnis reafirmen el seu poder sobre el pensament. A mesura que el riu creix, les seves visions es tornen ms turbulentes i, en la inundaci del seu passat, l'Aljaz ens submergeix en la histria, la natura i les persones d'un lloc tan lluny i desconegut com Tasmnia. La primera novella de Richard Flanagan, guanyador del Booker Prize 2014, ens fa viatjar a Tasmnia, on resseguim la vida d'una famlia durant segles a travs dels records d'un narrador molt especial. Del guanyador del Man Booker Prize. Mort d'un guia de riu, la novella debut d'en Richard Flanagan, s considerada per molts un clssic de la literatura australiana. La primera novella de Richard Flanagan sobre una Tasmnia mtica enlluern lectors arreu del mn, i ara s reconeguda com una de les novelles australianes ms poderoses de les dcades recents.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2014.  Forever after, there were for them only two sorts of men: the men who were on the Line, and the rest of humanity, who were not. In the despair of a Japanese Pow camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. Hailed as a masterpiece, Richard Flanagan's epic novel tells the unforgettable story of one man's reckoning with the truth.   One of our Books of the Year 2014.

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Narrow Road to the Deep North

Narrow Road to the Deep North

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 23/09/2013

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.'The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath 'Magnificent.' -- Michael Gorra, The New York Times'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: "e;My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity."e; Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian'A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian

Out of a Wild Sea

Out of a Wild Sea

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2013

This essay is taken from Richard Flanagan's acclaimed collection of nonfiction pieces, And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?, published in Vintage. 'Maybe if the weather had been different we would have made it. No one had predicted anything like the force-nine gale that turned a calm ocean into a liquid earthquake.'A near-fatal kayak trip across the Bass Strait with a friend has author Richard Flanagan contemplating memory and dreams, childhood visions, and the things that really matter in life.

Out of a Wild Sea (Storycuts)

Out of a Wild Sea (Storycuts)

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2012

This essay is taken from Richard Flanagan's acclaimed collection of nonfiction pieces, And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?, published in Vintage. 'Maybe if the weather had been different we would have made it. No one had predicted anything like the force-nine gale that turned a calm ocean into a liquid earthquake.'A near-fatal kayak trip across the Bass Strait with a friend has author Richard Flanagan contemplating memory and dreams, childhood visions, and the things that really matter in life.

Sound Of One Hand Clapping

Sound Of One Hand Clapping

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. One of the most-loved and biggest-selling literary novels in Australian history.In the winter of 1954, in a construction camp in the remote Tasmanian highlands, when Sonja Buloh was three years old and her father was drinking too much, Sonja's mother walked into a blizzard never to return. Some thirty-five years later, when Sonja visits Tasmania and her drunkard father, the shadows of the past begin to intrude ever more forcefully into the present - changing for ever his living death and her ordered life... The Sound of One Hand Clapping is about the underbelly of Australia, the barbarism of Europe, and the destiny of those in the country beyond hope who seek to redeem themselves through love. 'Heart-wrenching and beautifully written... A rare and remarkable achievement' -- Los Angeles Times

Gould's Book Of Fish

Gould's Book Of Fish

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014, his Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winning novel.Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer & forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, there were miracles... 'A work of significant genius' -- Chicago Tribune

Death Of A River Guide

Death Of A River Guide

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. Death of a River Guide, Richard Flanagan's debut novel, is widely regarded as a classic in Australian literature.Beneath a waterfall on the Franklin, Aljaz Cosini, river guide, lies drowning. Beset by visions at once horrible and fabulous, he relives not just his own life but that of his family and forebears. In the rainforest waters that rush over him he sees those lives stripped of their surface realities, and finds a world where dreaming reasserts its power over thinking. As the river rises, his visions grow more turbulent, and in the flood of his past Aljaz discovers the soul history of his country. Richard Flanagan's 1994 debut about a mythical Tasmania dazzled readers around the world, and is now recognised as one of the most powerful and original Australian novels of recent decades. 'Very, very beautiful' -- Baltimore Sun

Unknown Terrorist

Unknown Terrorist

Author: Richard Flanagan Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2011

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country? Gina Davies is about to find out. After spending a night with an attractive stranger, she has become a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack. When police find three unexploded bombs at a stadium and her enigmatic lover suddenly goes missing, Gina spends five days on the run and witnesses every truth of her life twisted into a betrayal. The Unknown Terrorist is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror-alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown pushes one woman ever closer to breaking point. This is an extraordinary achievement, chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar. 'A masterpiece' -- Washington Times

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