Since its first publication in 1997, Richard Flanagan's classic story of migration and love has become 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 forever 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.
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 The Sound Of One Hand Clapping:
I wonderful story of a post war European migrant man contributing in the building of Australia's future.
'Heart-wrenching and beautifully written... A rare and remarkable achievement' - Los Angeles Times.
Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st February 2012
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.31