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The Sound of One Hand Clapping

by Richard Flanagan

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.

#67 in  Australia’s Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads

‘From its wonderfully atmospheric opening to its touching conclusion, this is a heartbreaking story, beautifully told’  Literary Review (London)

‘Haunting and unforgettable’ Canberra Times

‘A story about redemptive love, a celebration of the resilience of individuals and of their power to change… deeply moving, eventually uplifting’  Adelaide Advertiser

‘An almost unbearably sad story… an epic tragedy conducted under the author’s microscope which requires fortitude and a man-sized box of tissues to get through… this novel is a passionately literary account of one of this country’s formative experiences’ Sunday Age

‘Heart-wrenching and beautifully written… A rare and remarkable achievement’  Los Angeles Times



About Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, 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 and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries. He directed a feature film version of The Sound of One Hand Clapping. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?



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