Death of a River Guide

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Author
Richard Flanagan
Publisher
Random House Australia
Genres
Debut, Fiction
Released
01 January, 1994

Death of a River Guide

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    Synopsis

    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"‘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"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  
    Richard Flanagan
    About the author

    Richard Flanagan

    Richard Flanagan's novels have received numerous honours and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould’s Book of Fish. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.

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