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  • Published: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742756127
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Death Of A River Guide




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.

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

  • Pub date: 1 December 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742756127
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting, The Narrow Road to the Deep North and First Person have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.

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Praise for Death Of A River Guide

“‘Marks one of the most auspicious debuts in Australian writing’”

Times Literary Supplement

“‘Makes good on a truly soaring ambition and flirts with literary greatness’”

Chicago Tribune

“‘A compelling celebration of river and landscape’”

The Age

“‘It’s a torrent of a book - take the plunge’”

The Independent

“‘Uplifting and immensely rewarding’”

Australian Book Review

“‘Haunting and ambitious... realistic and biting’”

New York Times Book Review

“‘We find ourselves changed after reading this book’”

Austin Chronicle

“‘Superb... a richly layered narrative... a work of considerable originality. Flanagan’s two novels rank with the finest fiction out of Australia since the heyday of Patrick White’”

Kirkus Reviews

“‘This first novel combines the narrative ingenuity of Golding’s Pincher Martin with the imaginative detail of De Bernieres’ Captain Corelli’”

The Independent

“‘Combines a rich voice, highly original, with great invention and engrossing narrative pace. A fine work of fiction., I thought it very, very good indeed’”

Thomas Keneally

“‘Beautiful and lyrical’”

Washington Post Book World


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