Beneath a waterfall on the Franklin, Aljaz Cosini, river guide, lies drowning.
Best 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 recognized as one of the most powerful and original Australian novels of recent decades.
About the Author
Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. Regarded internationally as one of Australia's best novelists, his multi-award-winning novels, Death of A River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting have been published to popular success and critical acclaim in twenty-five countries. His most recent novel, Wanting, won the 2009 QLD Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, the 2008 WA Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, The 2011 Tasmanian Book Prize, was a 2008 New Yorker Notable Book, 2008 Library Journal Notable Book, 2008 London Observer Book of the Year, and 2008 Washington Post Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award. He directed a feature film version of The Sound of One Hand Clapping. His most recent work is a collection of his nonfiction pieces, And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?. He lives in Hobart with his family.
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Comments about Death of a River Guide:
This is Richard Flanagan's first novel and as such I didn't expect it to be as good as some of his later books but it is. Aljaz is drowning in the Franklin River and as he is dying his life flashes before him. Not just the important moments in his life but also his parents, grandparents and earlier ancestors. Through the lives of these people we are shown the history of Tasmania,including its convict and aboriginal past. His descriptions are beautiful and if you've ever been to Tasmania's rainforest you'll be able to see, smell and hear it again as you read this book. Highly recommended.
'Very, very beautiful'
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st February 2012
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.24